The bread museum you must see before you die

In the city of Ulm in Germany, you will come across what appears to be a simple white building that looks more like a house than a museum. But if you stepped inside, you would discover a world dedicated to the wonders of bread in all shapes and sizes. According to Dark Atlas, the Bread Culture Museum was established in 1955 by Willy Eiselen and his son Hermann Eiselen. The museum was first an association, then became an exhibition in the 1960s, and came under the control of a charitable foundation in 1991.

But why is there a museum dedicated to bread? As explained on the museum website website, its purpose is to present how everything in basic life, from culture to economy, is interconnected with food. Although bread is indeed the focus, the Museum uses it as a way to explore different topics, such as the science behind bread making and the relationship between grain and different cultures. Art, technology, nutrition and more are explored. Although you will find many interesting facts, the bread itself is not on display due to the founders’ belief that the staple food is not meant to be displayed as a museum piece, per Atlas Obscura – it is meant to be enjoyed and eaten.

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