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3 Delectable Chocolate Museums to Put on Your Bucket List

Mmm. The smell of chocolate and FREE SAMPLES.

What could be better than spending a lazy Sunday at a chocolate museum? With plenty to choose from in cities all around the world, you have options. But if you’re a true chocolate fanatic, you’ll want to experience the best – even if it means taking an airplane to another continent. Here are three chocolate museums to put on your bucket list.

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey’s Chocolate World by Flickr user Bitman.

Cologne Chocolate Museum – Cologne, Germany

The Cologne Chocolate Museum, located on the Rhine River, takes you on a tour “through the 3,000 year history of chocolate.”

Each of the three levels of the museum represents a historical lesson. Level one lets visitors “trace the path of cocoa beans from cultivation to the final chocolate product,” and includes its own tropical house. The second level is where the cultural history of chocolate is explored. And last, the third level looks at chocolate products that have gained a cult following.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Mondays.

Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Alright, the real museum (Hershey Museum) is included in this enormous entertainment center. But I’m writing about the entire thing because there’s a ton to do.

The museum pays tribute to the founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company, Milton S. Hershey. It even includes a copy of the check he wrote for a room on the ill-fated Titanic (the reservation was cancelled because his wife was sick). Inside Chocolate World are numerous attractions, like the “Really Big 3-D Show” and a free tour through the chocolate making process.

Hours: Check their calendar.

Cadbury World – Birmingham, U.K.

Like the museum in Cologne, Cadbury World also tells the story of cocoa and how it made its way to Europe. After this, you’ll find interactive displays and more attractions. When the tour concludes, make your way to the Cadbury shop (this one is supposedly the largest in the world) and stock up on chocolate.

Hours: Check their calendar.

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