"The kitchen, reasonably enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours. I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all. It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions."

  James Beard  

As of February 27, 2017, the museum is permanently closed to the public. The university is digitizing the museum’s holdings for research and can be viewed on our Collections page.

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Home Kitchen

Whether it is grandma’s waffle iron or the holiday cookie cutters that brings back the most memories, the kitchen is where the family meals and plans are created. Kitchen appliances and gadgets seem to tell stories of their own, such as a stand mixer received as a wedding present or a hot pot that went off to college. We also remember tales about the food itself, including a dog who stole the roast beef off the kitchen table and purple witch cookies that turned out just a bit too purple. Our vast collection of objects on display will trigger your own memories.