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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Diners: Still Cookin' in the 21st Century

This exhibit celebrates a quintessentially American institution, the diner. From the diner’s origins in Providence, Rhode Island, as a horse-drawn lunch wagon, to the sprawling “retro” establishments of today, the “Blue Plate Special” remains the best deal in town. When Americans go out to eat, they still want home-cooked food, and that’s what’s on the menu in a diner.