Sunday, May 28, 2023

Do You Have The Stomach To Visit The Disgusting Food Museum?

Lately, it seems like there are museums for every single purpose. There’s a museum devoted to sex, a museum devoted to celebrity culture, and even a museum devoted to medieval torture devices. It almost seemed like a matter of time for someone to decide to make a museum devoted to gross food, right?

That’s what the Disgusting Food Museum is all about. This museum is a traveling eatery-museum hybrid that features gross foods from around the world. If you’re brave, you can see, smell, or even taste the “delicacies” that find their home here. The collections alone would make most foodies rethink their diets.

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You Need to Smell It to Believe It

This unique museum is known for having an impressive bunch of menu items, many of which are gross simply due to the foul smell they emit. Things like baby mouse wine, lutafisk, and fruit bat soup are regularly displayed here.

As one might guess, many of the dishes that are present and available for tasting smell pretty vile. If you’ve got a weak stomach, you might want to skip trying these plates if they’re offered to you. Heck, you might just want to grab some smelling salts, just in case, too.

What’s on the Menu?

Feeling brave? Like, really brave? Well, the Disgusting Food Museum is fairly happy to put your tastebuds to the test with its own menu of gross foods. Every time the Disgusting Food Museum travels to a new location, a new menu is created.

Most recently, the museum announced a new stop in Las Vegas. Among some of the foods you can try at the upcoming Las Vegas exhibit include cuy (roasted guinea pig), surstromming (fermented herring), casu marzu (maggot-infested cheese), and durian fruit.

Why Disgusting Food?

It can be a little difficult to imagine why someone would want to put together a museum devoted to gross food. After all, the “squick factor” probably gets really old, really fast. That being said, it’s a museum that’s meant to be an homage to strange foods and understanding the limits of what people consider to be edible.

Another reason why disgusting food matters is the history that it foods’ origins have. Many “gross” foods started to be eaten due to necessity, including deep fried tarantulas. By learning about the history of food’s development, you’re getting a better understanding of human nature and how innovative we really are.

Museums Wanted

Since this is a traveling museum, the group behind the Disgusting Food Museum is always looking for new places to conduct an exhibit. As long as you have the space, they’ll supply the exhibits, tickets, merchandise, and barf bags. (No, that’s not a joke—they actually *do* supply barf bags due to the sheer amount of people who get sick when they eat!)

So, would you give this museum tour a shot? Would you be that daring? If so, you might be a little braver than this food critic.

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Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart is a food critic, writer, and at home culinary enthusiast!


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