I did not grow up with Julia Child on our TV screens. We had a local counterpart, but this post isn’t about her. This is about Julia Child, whom I had got to know better when I watched “Julie & Julia” (for like a bazillion times!) and read through her memoirs. And I vowed to visit her exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington DC if fates give us the chance to do so in our stay in the US.
I guess I was just one lucky duck when The Husband and I finally got our feet in Washington DC for a weekend. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History was a must visit.
I thank the US government and the generous souls who keep museums like this alive because there is no admission fee for this museum. I repeat, admission to this particular Smithsonian museum is FREE. Totally free.
Julia Child’s kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachussetts home was donated by her to the museum. It is the starting point of a larger exhibiting “FOOD: Transforming the American Table from 1950 to 2000”, which showcases different facets of the evolution of the American food and cooking industry from food packaging, food processing and food celebrities like Julia Child.
In this display you’d enjoy looking at her vast collection of pots and pans, spices, cookbooks, kitchen equipment and other cooking knick knacks.
Okay, this exhibit is clearly not for everyone, BUT, for those who enjoy cooking, you will wet your pants in excitement seeing how beautifully equipped her home kitchen is.
Oh, did you know that her home kitchen was used as the set for her TV show? And that she and her guests actually used all her personal kitchen equipment?
My only regret is that I wasn’t able to comb through the rest of the museums exhibits due to time constraints. If you really want to read through all the captions, look into the displays in detail, you need to dedicate at least two days for this museum alone.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
Open everyday except December 25, 10AM to 530PM
Admission is FREE