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Bon Appetit! Julia Childs Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian is located in the West End Gallery on the first floor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. It features the 14' x 20' kitchen from Julia Child's Massachusetts home exactly as it appeared in November 2001, when she donated it to the National Museum of American History. While it is not possible for visitors to walk through the kitchen, there are three viewports set into the actual doorways that led to other areas of the house. Visitors can view all corners of Julia's kitchen.

  

Surrounding the kitchen are text panels, photographs, selected objects, and a videotape produced by A La Carte Communications, Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom. The tape contains clips from many of Julia's cooking shows, from the 1960s black-and-white series The French Chef, to Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, taped in her Cambridge kitchen in the late 1990s.




Take a photo tour of the exhibition:

Julia's kitchen at the Smithsonian Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom video
The kitchen table, sink, and some of the countertop equipment in Julia's kitchen at the Smithsonian

"Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom" video plays continuously in the gallery
View of the kitchen through the missing wall The kitchen viewed from one of the exhibition viewports A reproduction of the Childs wine list
View of the kitchen through the "missing" wall, which held the copper pots that Julia donated to Copia: The American Center for Food, Wine & the Arts, in Napa, Calif. The shapes in the plexiglass indicate where the pots, fish molds, and other tools were located.

The kitchen viewed from one of the exhibition viewports A reproduction of the Childs' wine list is shown with the secret behind Julia's on-camera glass of wine (it wasn't wine, but Gravy Master mixed with water!)
One wall of the gallery is devoted to a biography of Julia Child View of the exhibition
One wall of the gallery is devoted to a biography of Julia Child that includes copies of all of her cookbooks

The exhibition examines Julia Child's impact on American popular culture and culinary history through special stories and selected objects.
The exhibition includes Julias complete recipe for French bread
The exhibition includes Julia's complete recipe for French bread and the ordinary kitchen tools used to make it.

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