June 14 – September 28, 2014
From rainforest treasure to luscious treat—immerse yourself in the world of chocolate! This summer, MOHAI invites you to journey through history to get the story behind the treat in this exciting exhibition, developed by The Field Museum in Chicago. Begin in the rainforest with the unique cacao tree, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Central America, and discover what chocolate meant nearly 1,500 years ago. Travel northward to the Aztec civilization of 16th-century Mexico, where cacao seeds were so valuable they were used as money. Discover chocolate’s introduction into the upper class of European society, and its transformation into the mass-produced world commodity that we know today. Chocolate will engage your senses and reveal facets of this sumptuous sweet that you’ve never thought about before.
After learning about chocolate’s impact across the globe, visitors will be able to get a taste of the past and present of local chocolate culture, through artifacts and photographs pulled from the MOHAI archives to share the stories of beloved Seattle chocolate-makers and confectioners. Learn about what’s behind the wrapper of your favorite chocolate bar!
– See more at: http://www.mohai.org/exhibits/item/2638-chocolate-the-exhibition#sthash.X4VOSUny.dpuf