Photo Gallery: The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum of Guadalest, Spain

Posted by - August 8, 2013 | Category: Peculiarities

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.

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros de Guadalest Spain

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. 

Fruit and vegetable salt and pepper shakers

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.

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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.

Bread butter sandwich toaster Salt and Pepper Shakers

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. 

Hot dog hamburger ketchup salt and pepper shakers  Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Guadalest Spain

Have a look through the rest of the photos and let me know your thoughts about the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in the comments sections below.

Monks and beer Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Rub a dub dub dub three men in a tub Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Rubix cube Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Skunks  rare and unusual Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Snails Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers

Walnut wild boars Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Vintage tricycle Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Viking salt and pepper shakers Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros de Guadalest

Vintage Jukebox salt and pepper shakers  Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros de Guadalest

Sports themed salt and pepper shakers  Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Kangaroo with Joey in pouch Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Intertwined Giraffes Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Guadalest Spain

Egghead Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Chefs and lobsters  Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

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Christmas themed Salt and Pepper Shakers Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros de Guadalest Spain

Gingerbread man and woman Christmans Salt and Pepper Shakers Guadalest Spain

Halloween pumpkin Salt and Pepper Shakers

Amish Salt and Pepper Shakers

Chicken and egg Salt and Pepper Shakers

Exotic Salt and Pepper Shakers

Sterling silvel llama Salt and Pepper Shakers

False teeth Salt and Pepper Shakers Museum Guadalest

Feet Salt and Pepper Shakers

Negrobilia Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Vintage hand guns  Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Guadalest Spain

Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers)

Website: http://www.museodesalerosypimenteros.es/

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

What are your thoughts on the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum?

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25 comments - add one
  1. Love this, Raymond! This is exactly the kind of museum I would go to – anything completely bizarre and essentially trivial in a museum I find fascinating. Reckon the Lucha Libre wrestlers are my favourite! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Outstanding collection! But instantly I’m afraid, since the objects are on open shelves, not glassed in. Let’s hope the visitors are as honest as the collection is delightful!

  3. That looks like my kind of place and it’s good that it is a museum because it would be so tempting to buy your favorites!

  4. Gosh, this brings back some memories! My grandmother collected salt & pepper shakers – and had 10,000 on shelves around her house! Just like in this museum, shelves lined the walls and the shakers were two and three deep, arranged by category. You can imagine how much fun I had there as a little girl. Who knew we could have turned the place into a museum?!

  5. Boggles my mind to think so many novelty salt and pepper shakers exist in one place. In saying that I’d love to get a pair of my very own Viking shakers complete with real beard!!

  6. I didn’t even know this was a thing! If I’m ever in the area, I’ll have to check this out. There are more salt and pepper shakers just in these pictures then I knew ever existed. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My husband and I love auctions and I cant tell you how many times I have seen entore ‘collections’ for sale. There was one in particular a few years ago that blew me away. The people had consigned the auctioneer and he had either 3 or 4 hayracks full of just salt and pepper shakers. It was actually interesting and some were very old and I guess very collectible.
    S&P shakers are one of those things you start picking up like those spoons or thimbles and then dont know what to do with.

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