Vintage Spice

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My family recently took a spontaneous trip to Hamburg. The first day was mostly driving down from Denmark, checking into our hotel and taking the kids to Miniatur Wunderland. Quite a fun exhibit actually.

Day two we decided to walk back down to the wharf and try out Spicy’s: “The only Spice Museum in the World”. (A quick google search only turned up a Longstanton Spice Museum in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) Spicy’s was founded in the early 1990’s in a couple of store rooms that are over 100 years old and located in the modern part of the harbour that now only serves as storage to the most precious cargo. Spices were once the most precious cargo, right? According to the hand out given as we entered, these “very precious merchandises” included Oriental carpets, of which, Hamburg is the biggest storage and shipping place for the carpets in the world.

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We wound our way through the one room museum on the 3rd floor exploring spices, their origins, cultivation, processing and packaging. They even included a case of items found in bags of spices. I’m happy that times have changed and processing equipment has improved- though perhaps not as quickly as we would have expected as one of the items found was a CD in a jewel case. If this has you curious now, the case included things such as a little girl’s sandal from the 50’s or 60’s, rings, earrings, reptiles, large needles that were used to sew the bags the spices shipped in, lighters, an adult flip flop, nail clippers and more. So much more….

My The best part about the museum, aside from knowing more about some of the spices and their origins, were the vintage containers on display. Naturally I had to share them here.

I hope you enjoyed this post. When in Hamburg its an interesting little stop near other attractions like Miniatur Wunderland and The Tower. The museum will not take you long and has a gift shop next to it.

I hope more spice museums will pop up. It is an excellent way to learn about a region and its growth in history as well as the influence the imported spices had on design.

Thanks for visiting!

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