Today was the launch of the Minnesota History Center’s Chocolate: The Exhibition. Located in downtown St. Paul, this traveling bilingual exhibit, created by The Field Museum, has been touring the country and will run here in Minnesota from now until January 2. Teeming with chocolate history from Cacao and the rainforest to chocolate in Mayan, Aztec and European civilizations, this special exhibition offers interactive exhibits that delight all of the senses!
Family Day: My husband, kids and I had a wonderful time at Family Day today. There were so many people, I’m sure the day was considered a success. Eight bakeries, pastry chefs, chocolate and candy/treat makers served a bevy of delectable samples. The most surprising part was despite fact they were all chocolate treats every bite was unique and carried an individual flavor.
My kids’ favorite part of the actual exhibit was surprisingly not the hands-on aspect as much as the bilingual aspect. Both children are learning Spanish in school and this exhibit gave them the opportunity to practice new words!
If you missed Family Day, don’t despair. There are several other events on the horizon celebrating chocolate at Minnesota History Center:
Chocolate Sampler Nights. Fete Mondial will be held on October 21 from 7-9 pm. The theme will be European and Caribbean chocolate and cocktail pairings. Dan Newton will be on accordion. And on November 4, sample local chocolate and cocktail pairings. Christine Rosholt will be performing jazz ($25/$20 MHS members).
Education Minnesota Days: Chocolate. Earlier in the day October 21 there will be lots of kid-friendly activities including History Player: Maud Hart Lovelace (children’s book author), History a la Cart: What is Chocolate? (chance to taste and sniff) and History Hijinkx: the chance to paint a ceramic cocoa mug with Mayan and Aztec symbols.
Free day tip: Tuesday’s the center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m but you can enjoy free admission between 5 and 8 p.m.
Thank you so much to the Minnesota History Center for hosting my family for Chocolate: The Exhibition. We’re enjoying Minnesota so much and can’t wait to explore more of the center next time!