At these 12 museums, lovers of culinary culture will have the opportunity to learn about the history of some of the world's most famous foods (just think of all the cool trivia you'll have at the ready for your next dinner party).
But prepare yourself, because a visit to these museums is sure to send your tastebuds into overdrive.
At this from chocolate connoisseurs and Eddy Van Belle, guests get to explore the journey of chocolate through priceless Mayan artifacts, ancient and modern chocolate-making equipment, bon-bon and hot chocolate-making demonstrations. This is the first chocolate museum to open in New York, though four other versions exist around the world, in Belgium, Prague, Paris and Uxmal.
Considering the origin of french fries can be traced back to Belgium, it’s no surprise that you’ll find a museum dedicated to this tasty snack there. Made up of three parts, the takes visitors through the history of the potato and fries with around 400 ancient objects on display. The option to sample french fries at the end is just an added bonus. Yum!
The German version of fast food, currywurst is a treat consisting mainly of sliced, fried pork sausage swimming in a curry-tomato sauce. At the in Germany, you’ll get an up close look at how this food became so popular, from interactive exhibits that allow guests to participate in virtual currywurst making to a spice chamber filled with sniffing stations.
The only thing that could possibly top good southern cooking is a museum dedicated to the cuisine. At the , prepare to take part in special exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and, yes, tastings that showcase the unique culinary heritage of the South and the people who shaped these rich food traditions. While you're there, take a walk on the museum's Trail of Smoke and Fire and try to decide what Southern state does barbecue the best (if that's even possible).
With more than 5,676 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries, the ’s collection is, simply put, unreal. Inside, mustard lovers get to peruse a plethora of items dedicated to the condiment, from old-school advertisements, to a great wall of mustard, to the museum’s impressive Gibbons Collection of antique mustard pots, donated by the family of an avid mustard enthusiast.
Known as “the city of cheese,” Alkmaar is pretty much the epicenter for cheese enthusiasts (even the residents refer to themselves as “cheese heads”). In addition to the city’s world-famous cheese market, travelers can also visit the nearby Dutch Cheese Museum to learn more about the making of the Netherlands' two famous cheeses, Edammer and Gouda.
Spud lovers will surely get a kick out of the . Highlights include the world’s largest exhibit of potato-related farm machinery as well as the world’s largest potato sculpture. Don’t worry, foodies: Guests can also order a number of tasty creations (loaded baked potatoes, french fries, potato soup!) at the museum’s PEI Potato Kitchen.
Fans of the fruity gelatin dessert may not know it was first invented by a carpenter in the town of Le Roy, New York in 1897. Though the Jell-O Company would eventually be sold to General Foods Corporation in 1925, its roots in Le Roy remain strong at the . Just try not to get hungry perusing all the colorful memorabilia, including vintage advertisements and packages, toys, recipe books and more.
With 20 themed spaces exploring the culture and heritage of wine, the stunning aims to bring vino lovers’ senses alive with immersive exhibitions. The final phase of the journey takes you up to the eighth floor’s Belvedere "watchtower," which features panoramic views of Bordeaux and the opportunity to taste a glass of wine from the best regions of the world.
Since 1986, the has been helping visitors gain insight into the making of this traditional Korean side dish, typically fermented and made from vegetables and various seasonings. Not only will you find relics such as the ancient earthenware used to make kimchi, you’ll also get to learn about how varieties of kimchi differ by season and region, including the kimchi once enjoyed at the Royal Palace and temples.
Throughout its two-century-old history, the cocktail has influenced everything from music to politics. At the (co-founded by legendary bartender Dale DeGroff along with other cocktail experts), a collection of memorabilia, from antique cocktail shakers to Prohibition-era literature, offers a deeper look into mixology. Better yet, the museum hosts events, tastings and seminars, so you can brush up on your cocktail making while you’re at it.
While the first floor of Japan’s takes people through the history of the popular noodle dish, the is where all foodie dreams come alive. There, visitors can explore a street-style setting replica circa 1958, the year the world’s first instant ramen was invented. With nine different restaurants each serving ramen dishes from different regions of Japan, there’s no way you’ll leave hungry.
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