Julia Child's Kitchen

Bon Appétit!

Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian

Closed January 8, 2012

Note: Julia Child's kitchen has moved and is back on display in a new exhibition, FOOD: Transforming the American Table.

Julia Child (1912-2004) introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her cookbooks and television programs. 

When Julia Child moved back to her home state of California in 2001, she donated the kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the museum. This exhibition featured the actual kitchen, including the cabinets, appliances, cookbooks, kitchen table, and hundreds of utensils and gadgets. The exhibition gave visitors a peek into the working kitchen of one of the world’s best-known cooks, and explored how her influence as an author and host of several television series changed the way America cooks.

The website for this exhibition was retired in 2021 due to incompatibility with current web standards. A view of the previous home page can be seen below. See and learn about the kitchen by visiting the website for FOOD: Transforming the American Table.

Screenshot of Julia Child website

This screenshot captures the home page of the former Bon Appétit! website. View an archived site snapshot.