Chocolate fans, rejoice! The sweet treat takes the spotlight at The Academy of Natural Sciences for its new exhibition, Chocolate: The Exhibition.
Opening this Saturday, October 11, the exhibition brings guests on a journey through the evolution of chocolate, from something found on a rainforest tree to a commodified piece of candy.
Throughout the exhibition, learn about the impact of chocolate on culture, the global economy and tropical ecosystems through hands-on activities for children and adults alike. Gain insight about cacao’s journey across the Atlantic Ocean and about its historic use as a bartering method.
Also see what raw cacao looks like at a life-size cacao tree complete with pods and seeds. Fast forward to modern day and hear how chocolate changed into the candy we know today thanks to the addition of sugar.
Access to Chocolate: The Exhibition is not included in the price of general admission. Entry is an extra $5 for non-members and $3 for museum members. Tickets are available online.
In celebration of opening weekend, the Academy of Natural Sciences will host a variety of chocolate-centric programming on October 11 and 12.
During opening weekend, look at chocolate under a microscope and discover chocolate varieties based on their smell. Also, from noon to 2 p.m. on October 11, sample mole — a Mexican sauce made of chocolate and hot chiles.
Throughout the exhibition’s run, a variety of additional special events will also fill the calendar. Look forward to hot chocolate tastings from November 28 through 30 and December 27 through 30 and a beer and chocolate tasting on January 15. Guests can also expect Sustainable Chocolate Day on November 2 where guests will enjoy chocolate-dipped treats, and will also learn how to turn their Halloween candy into fondue.
On November 8, the museum’s special event, Cuisine from the Collections, will take on a special chocolate theme, too.
Chocolate: The Exhibition at The Academy Of Natural Sciences
When: October 11-January 24, 2015
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: General Admission plus a $5 admission fee for non-members and $3 for members
More info: www.ansp.org