We’ve rounded up the world’s weirdest food museums, ranging from a tribute to Iceland’s herring industry to a sausage-filled museum in Berlin, Germany.
Dutch Cheese Museum, Alkmaar, Netherlands
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Thought tulips were the Netherlands’ biggest export? Think again—it’s cheese, more specifically, Edam and Gouda. Learn more at this brilliant Dutch Cheese Museum, which explores the history of the cheeses and how they’re made. It’s tucked inside one of Alkmaar’s oldest buildings, the 16th century Cheese Weigh House in Waagplein Square. Our favorite bit? The bright yellow, cheese-inspired decor and the super-sized model cow, designed to provide visitors with an insight into the milking process. Find out the 10 best foodie cities in the world.
Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn, Lisle-sur-Tarn, France
A weird and wonderful tribute to the sweet stuff, the Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn is dedicated to the world of chocolate art. Chocolate elephants? Check. Chocolate candle holders? Check. There’s even a chocolate fountain—and by that, we mean one made entirely from chocolate that put the one your cousin had at her wedding to shame. The sculptures, some of which weigh around 100 kilograms, are displayed in three halls. Must-sees include the life-sized chocolate woman and the huge white chocolate Tin Tin. We’re getting a sugar rush just thinking about it.
Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama, Japan
Amazingly, the Cup Noodle Museum is one of several museums in Japan dedicated to instant noodles, otherwise known as ramen. The sheer size of this museum is a reminder of the nation’s love of the foodstuff—there are several enormous halls, including one containing a replica of the shed in which the first type of ramen was invented (it was chicken-based if you were wondering). There’s plenty for younger visitors, who can whiz down slides in a noodle-themed playground and swim through a ball pool resembling a cup of ramen soup. Don’t forget to check the noodle-themed marble run, either—it features 4,000 marbles and represents the various stages of ramen production. Here are 10 other crazy things you can only find in Japan.