Smithsonian Shutting Down Julia Child's Kitchen

Kitchen will close in January; reopen in summer as new exhibit

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    Chef Julia Child made French cooking accessible to her TV viewers.

    The Julia Child exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. will close down next month, according to the Smithsonian.

    The Bon Appétit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian exhibit gives visitors a chance to see the entire Cambridge, Mass. kitchen from Julia Child’s home that was also used as a set for three television shows.  

    The last day to see the kitchen is January 8th, 2012, until it reopens as part of new exhibit focusing on American food and wine late next summer, according to the Smithsonian.

    The Smithsonian says Child donated the 14-foot by 20-foot kitchen to the museum in 2001, which consisted of over 1,200 pieces and even included small utensils and personal cookbooks.  

    The Smithsonian says museum staff packed and cataloged every piece of the kitchen and then reassembled it in the National Museum of American History.