Albuquerque, New Mexico – Brace yourself, Chocoholics: A new exhibit that explores every aspect of your favorite candy is coming to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) this summer.
On June 17, the Museum will open the doors to “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” a traveling exhibition that engages the senses and traces the evolution of chocolate from a bitter little seed found deep in the rainforest to a continental delicacy. that it is. today. The Museum plans to hold a Family Day event, with activities for all ages, community presenters and more, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 18. Family Days are included in the price of admission to the Museum.
“Many of us love chocolate, but few know the origins of candy,” said Gary Romero, acting executive director of NMMNHS. “‘Chocolate: The Exhibition’ offers visitors of all ages a unique opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate and its impact on cultures around the world.”
Visitors will be able to learn about the biology of cocoa – the tropical seed from which chocolate is derived – while standing under a life-size cocoa tree. From there, they’ll have the chance to explore how cultures throughout human history have used cocoa, see replica Mayan vessels that would have contained a spicy drink made from the seeds, and barter seeds on a interactive Aztec market. Visitors to the museum will follow cocoa across the Atlantic, learning how a little sugar and the power of the Industrial Revolution helped turn it into the global commodity we know as chocolate.
Over the nine months of the exhibition, visitors will see expert chocolatiers share their chocolate curiosities, explore the chemistry of chocolate, and mold chocolate fossils. The Museum is planning an extensive series of educational chocolate offerings. Look for adult nights, an engaging chocolate talk series, extra family days, exhibit demonstrations, hands-on classes, summer camp days and more!
“Our museum team explores the vast world of chocolate, including topics ranging from the history of chocolate to the use of chocolate as currency,” said Deb Novak, Director of Education at NMMNHS. “The programming will engage our scientific senses by teaching about the different types of chocolate, how they were used, and how, historically, chocolate was consumed as a drink before it was a bar.”
For information on tickets, prices, upcoming events and more, visit www.nmnaturalhistory.org.
“Chocolate: The Exhibition” and its national tour were developed by the Field Museum in Chicago. The Show’s Presenting Sponsor is Bank of Albuquerque and Presenting Sponsor is Albertson’s. Additional sponsors include Thornburg Investment Management, Kirtland Federal Credit Union and Cumulus Radio.