Child's kitchen is an historic artifact on display on the ground floor of
the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History: Kenneth
E. Behring Center, located in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. The
kitchen is not a replica, but is the actual kitchen used by noted 20th
century cookbook author and cooking show host Julia Child, appearing as
the backdrop to several of her television shows.
Built in Child's home on Irving Street in Cambridge,
Massachusetts in 1961, the kitchen was designed by her husband Paul with
38-inches high countertops, rather than the standard 36-inch height, for
her 6-foot-2-inch frame. Paul also selected the light blue-green color
scheme dominating the kitchen's panels.
was the setting for three of her television shows: In Julia's Kitchen with
Master Chefs, Baking With Julia, and Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
with Jacques Pépin. The kitchen was fully transformed into a functional
set, with TV-quality lighting, three cameras positioned to catch all
angles in the room, and a massive center island with a gas stovetop on one
side and an electric stovetop on the other, but leaving the rest of the
Childs' appliances alone, including the "wall oven with its squeaking
door." During taping, the kitchen table and chairs were removed and
replaced by a cooking island that had a built-in stovetop and food
preparation surfaces. This kitchen backdrop hosted nearly all of Child's
1990s television series.
In August 2001, representatives of the Smithsonian
Institution met with Child in her home, where she agreed to donate her
kitchen to the Institution, where it is now on display. Shortly after
Child's 90th birthday, on August 18 and 19, 2002, Child attended the
opening of the display of her kitchen. Her iconic copper pots and pans
were on display at COPIA in Napa, California, until August 2009 when they
were reunited with her kitchen at the National Museum of American History.
Julia Child's Virtual Kitchen at the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History can be viewed at Julia's Virtual Kitchen
Text Source: Wikipedia