Chocolate: The Exhibition

Jun 14 - Sep 28, 2014

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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!

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to Chocolate: The Exhibition will be $8 on all Free First Thursdays, July - September. Tickets to the exhibit can purchased at the front desk upon entry to the museum, and will be checked at the exhibit entrance. MOHAI members and children 14 and under may enter the exhibit for free on these days. Admission to all other MOHAI exhibits will be free on First Thursdays.

Mark your calendar for a summer full of delicious Chocolate-related events and programs! 

Chocolate Tastings
Every Sunday and select Saturdays, June 22 – September 28, beginning on the hour 11 am—3 pm
Saturday tastings will be held on: June 28, July 5, July 19, July 26, August 23, and August 30
JUST ADDED! Chocolate Tastings will be held on Labor Day, September 1, and Free First Thursday, September 4, beginning on the hour 1—5 pm
PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a Sunday Chocolate Tasting on September 21
$5 for general public, $3 for MOHAI members and children 14 and under
Chocolate Making Demonstrations with the Northwest Chocolate Festival
Saturday, June 14, 10 am - 1 pm and every Saturday in September, 10 am - 1 pm
Free with museum admission

Seattle AntiFreeze: Northwest Chocolate
Thursday, July 10, 6 - 7 pm
Free, does not include museum admission
For more information on MOHAI’s ongoing Seattle AntiFreeze program, please click here.

All-Ages Chocolate Making Classes with Dawn’s Candy and Cake
Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, September 13, 11 am - 3 pm
$5 per person, plus MOHAI admission

There is no set start or end time for each lesson, though if the room is too crowded (over 75 people) expect a short wait. Lessons will run throughout the day, as visitors show up.

History Café with Kristy Leissle
Thursday, July 17, 7 - 8 pm
Free, does not include museum admission

Chocolate Double-Feature Movie Night
Saturday, August 23, 6 pm; pre-movie entertainment in Lake Union Park starting at 6 pm, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, rated G) shown at 8 pm, Chocolat (2000, rated PG-13) shown at 9:45

Chocolate and Wine Tasting with Fran's Chocolates
Wednesday, August 27, 6 - 8:30 pm
Join us for a delicious evening to benefit MOHAI! Savor robust reds, chilled sparkling wines and decadent dessert liquors specially paired with confections from Fran’s Chocolates.

MOHAI and Theo Chocolate Bar
Be one of the first to taste this brand-new, handmade, 1 oz, 70% dark chocolate “crunch” bar with puffed brown rice and quinoa made by Theo Chocolates! Make sure to save the wrapper – it’s redeemable for $1 off admission at either the Theo Factory Tour or admission to MOHAI. The bar will be available for purchase at the MOHAI Gift Shop and the Theo Chocolate Factory.


Chocolate: The Exhibition and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.


MOHAI thanks the local sponsors of this exhibit:

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MOHAI thanks these local companies and organizations for their in-kind support of this exhibit:

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