November 2003 saw the inauguration of the Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in Soragna, province of Parma.
The 'Parmesan Cheese' museum is the first of four such food museums which celebrate the typical products of the zone, all famous across the world.
The other museums are dedicated to Parma ham, Salame Felino and Tomatoes and all information on each is behind the link below.
The initiative is supported by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma and the Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano.
The cheese museum is housed in an ancient "casello" dating from the early years of the 19th century and once owned by the Meli Lupi princes.
The curator is Mario Zannoni and visitors can drop by every Saturday and Sunday when it is open.
Entrance costs 5 euros and includes tastings of cheeses at different stages of the maturing process.
Also look out for superb gift ideas such as the classic "coltellino" or small knife used by the cheese producers to extract tasting samples from the 'rounds'.