Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian Museum

Posted on August 25, 2012
Hi, Everyone! I hope that you are all having a great weekend and enjoying the last few days of the summer! I can’t wait for the fall to be here, I’m ready for the heat and the humidity to be over already! Although it does help that I have a great air conditioning unit in my home, installed by a HVAC expert like Morris Jenkins, it doesn’t stop me from overheating every time I step outside, particularly when I’m traveling. I wanted to share some pictures of a recent trip to Washington DC. As soon as I found out that Julia Child’s kitchen reopened at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday, I wanted to go and see it! I just read her book My Life in France a couple of weeks ago, and just love her whole story, and so I was so excited to get to see her kitchen! Here are some pictures from the exhibit, sorry they are not the greatest quality since they were taken with my phone. If you are a fan of Julia Child, it’s definitely a fun place to visit! You can find more information about it here!
By the entrance to the exhibition
A view of the kitchen. Julia Child donated everything to the Smithsonian Museum in 2001.
Another view of the kitchen
The kitchen shows the hundreds of utensils that Julia owned, as well as lots of her appliances, dishes and pots and pans.
All of Julia’s copper cooking pots and pans!
Julia Child’s diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.
Unfortunately this was as close as you could get to the kitchen, it would have been so neat to be able to walk through it, but it was really interesting seeing it like this too! I have always loved modern kitchen designs but I am definitely drawn to this kitchen! No doubt people may take inspiration from this when it comes to their own remodel – I’m sure someone like this Carlsbad kitchen remodeling company would be able to create a kitchen that gives you the same warm and cozy feeling that this one certainly does.
However, no matter how chic the design looks, it will definitely would do with some upgrades to it! As in, I would opt for some nice renovations like maybe some beautiful granite or quartz countertops (you could find some amazing ones here), with classic yet sleek looking appliances! And yes, the oven! Definitely need an upgrade on that one!
However, if you’re ever in the area, are a fan of Julia’s and haven’t seen the kitchen, it’s a fun thing to do! They are also opening a new exhibition called Food: Transforming America’s Table, 1950 – 2000 at the Smithsonian American History Museum at the end of November! I hope you liked the little tour of Julia’s kitchen, and hope you get to check it out for yourself sometime! Have a great rest of your week, Everyone, and Bon Apetit!

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  • Leslie @ Violet Imperfection August 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I think it’s great that Julia Child donated her kitchen. I love that her history will be preserved like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Maria August 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

      I love that she donated the kitchen, too! Glad you liked the pictures! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Vickie August 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    That was one of my favorite exhibits in D. C. She was an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

    • Maria August 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

      It’s one of my favorites, too! Glad you liked the pictures, Vickie! Thanks for stopping by today!

  • Art By ASM August 26, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Thank you for sharing! That really is amazing to see. She will always be an inspiration to we homemakers!

    • Maria August 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

      You’re right, she always will be an inspiration! Glad you liked the pictures! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tani@Tagana Rose August 26, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Looks like such a great exhibit!! I just watched that film about her, Julie and Julia, over the weekend and have to read her book soon!!!

    • Maria August 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

      That’s one of my favorite movies! The book is a fun read, too!

  • Valerie at The Year of Living Healthfully August 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I have never seen the exhibit but would love to now that we live only 3 hours away from the Smithsonian! I noticed that julie and Julia is on TV tonight. I never get tired of watching it. Thanks for the pictures!

    • Maria August 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Oh you’ll definitely have to see it if you live that close, it’s not a huge exhibit but if you’re a Julia Child fan it’s worth it! And I watched the movie on TV last night too – I never get tired of watching it either! Hope you have a great week!

  • Mariana August 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Firstly: I love the red shirt you’re wearing! Super cute.
    And I would LOVE to have a kitchen like hers!! It looks like it’s a great exhibit. So happy you shared this 🙂

  • Leslie August 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    How fun, Maria! I’d love to see her kitchen! After watching the movie Julie & Julia, I’ve been wanting to go there myself!
    Thanks so much for the comment you left about my kitchen. It’s funny you said that about Nigella, because I’ve always loved her twinkle lights!!

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