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Baked Bean Museum of Excellence
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Location Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom
Type Food museum
Key holdings Popular culture items related to baked beans
Founder Barry Kirk

The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence is a private museum located in Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom.

Founding

The museum is owned by Barry Kirk, who changed his name by deed poll to Captain Beany. The museum is located in the living room, bathroom and kitchen of his third-floor council flat. Captain Beany raises money each year for charity.

Exhibits

The museum contains examples of branded food cans, advertising and other promotional items associated with baked beans. There are also items from a number of food brands including Heinz, Crosse & Blackwell, Branston, HP and Van Camp's, as well as items relating to the comedy character Mr Bean. There are over 500 items in the museum, and Beany estimates that he has spent over £10,000 building his collection.

Unlike many museums, the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence has no gift shop on-site. Instead, Captain Beany operates a market stall in local businesses on weekends only, selling branded souvenirs of both the Museum and of his Captain Beany persona.

Culture

The museum is registered with the Association of Independent Museums. Comedian Danny Wallace is a patron. In 2018, the museum was the fourth most visited attraction in Port Talbot, according to figures by TripAdvisor.

In 2010, Beany believed that his was the only museum in the world dedicated to baked beans. In 2019, Heinz opened a museum, in the form of a pop-up "Beanz Museum" in Covent Garden London between 30 August and 1 September. The museum contained exhibitions about the Heinz brand to mark the company's 150th anniversary .

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