Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum)
Perched high in the hills above Benidorm lies the quaint little town of Guadalest. Famous for its 11th-century castle complete with dramatic mountainous backdrop, the town is also well-known for another reason — museums. In this town of fewer than 200 people, every nook and cranny appears to have a museum, each quirkier than the last. There’s the Miniatures Museum, the Torture Museum, and the Historical Vehicles Museum, but the one that catches my eye is the Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros — the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.
Andrea Ludden — archaeologist by trade, shaker connoisseur by choice — started collecting salt and pepper shakers some 30 years ago. After initially dabbling in pepper mills for a time, she turned her attention to shakers. The rest as they say, is history. The museum in Guadalest houses some 20,000+ salt and pepper shakers. Meticulously arranged in glass showcases by colour and theme, you can find shakers for every occasion and taste.
From bugs to Beatles, Coke to kangaroos, and monks to skunks, just about everything you can imagine (and a lot you probably haven’t) is represented in salt and pepper shaker form.
Opened in 2010, the museum in Guadalest is the second Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum run by Andrea and her husband — the original one has been spicing up Gatlinburg, Tennessee since 2001. And yes, the American museum has more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers as well — many of them different from its Spanish counterpart.
Many of the shakers on display are from the 1950s and 60s, and the store out front offers plenty of kitschy options if you want to start a collection of your own.
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Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers)
Location: Avenida de Alicante 2 (next to the Tourism Office), Guadalest, Alicante, Spain
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Admission fee: 3 Euros for adults, kids under 12 are free