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September 04, 2009


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Beginning in 2001, museum staff carefully disassembled and cataloged the contents in Child’s home and reassembled the kitchen in the museum gallery. The museum recently acquired the previously “missing” wall of copper pots and utensils. The newly installed wall completes the 14-by-20-foot kitchen, which is on display in the exhibition "Bon Appétit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian."

Regarding the butter question: Our curators were never able to verify that a pound of butter was left at the exhibition. To our knowledge, only one visitor has done this. In order to protect the collections, food and beverages are not allowed in the museum galleries. We ask that visitors show respect for Julia, the museum, and other visitors and refrain from leaving any food items in the exhibition.

Jennie Williams

I thought the kitchen went on display earlier - was this an upgrade of an existing exhibition? At the end of the movie Julie and Julia the Julie character visits the Smithsonian (great product placement!) and reverently leaves a pound of butter at the display - are visitors trying to copy this stunt?

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