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Tantalize visitors with the natural and cultural history of one of the world's favorite treats. Chocolate is a bilingual, immersive exhibition that explores chocolate's origins and roles throughout history and around the world. In the exhibition, visitors can learn about chocolate as:

  • Cacao tree in the rainforest
  • Ritual offering in Maya culture
  • Currency in the Aztec market
  • Class privilege in 16th-century Europe
  • Mass-produced commodity in factories and on the stock exchange
  • Modern product of cacao plantations
  • Source of endless fascination for present-day cultures around the world

Chocolate creates a stimulating sensory experience through tactile elements, audio environments, vivid imagery, and the smell of chocolate to enhance the experience and connect visitors to the lives of distant peoples, past and present.

Completely redesigned, the re-envisioned exhibition has an updated look, an increased level of interactivity, and new content. Highlights of the exhibition include approximately 200 replicated artifacts and props, smell components, digital and mechanical interactives, attractive graphics, and several audio-visual elements.

Past Chocolate hosts have experienced significant attendance, press attention, and retail sales in connection with the exhibition. Even more rewarding, they have created thousands of educational interactions with family, school, and adult visitors.

Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

"The Chocolate show illustrates a cornucopia of ecological, technological, and cultural facts about the essential indulgence." The New Yorker

"A highly appealing and worthwhile museum experience that will educate young and old visitors alike." American Anthropologist

Category: Natural History
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: Discounted Pricing Available; Please inquire
Size: 4,500 square feet
Venue Length: 3 months
Availability: Spring 2019 and beyond
Special Requirements: Minimum ceiling height of 12 feet; gallery supervision; minimum insurance value of $2,000,000 general liability; standard North American electricity (110V); gallery must be in a limited access area protected from direct sunlight
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Organization: Field Museum
Contact: Katlyn Hemmingsen
Address: 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, 60605 USA
Phone: 312.665.7352
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