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Chocolate: The Exhibition

October 11, 2014-January 24, 2015 Special Exhibits Gallery

ChocolatewithgirloriginalExplore the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats in the East Coast premiere of Chocolate: The Exhibition. Chocolate traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin in the rainforest to the Aztecs who used cacao seeds as currency, to the Spanish who added sugar and transformed the bitter drink of kings to the sumptuous sweet we crave today. Visitors will discover chocolate’s impact on human cultures and tropical ecosystems through some 150 fascinating objects, including a life-size cacao tree, touchable pods and seeds, European silver and porcelain servers, and a range of creative packaging and advertising from the 1800s and 1900s. Chocolate, an all-new version of an earlier exhibit, will engage the senses and reveal facets of this sumptuous treat that you’ve never thought about before. In Spanish and English. Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.