Deliciously Educational: Chocolate at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Chocolate exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum
Chocolate exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum

This life-sized box of chocolates and vintage wrapper collection are all part of “Chocolate” at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Whether you’re still recovering from the Halloween sugar coma or just can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, Chocolate at the San Diego Natural History Museum tempts visitors to its galleries with delicious exhibition that explores the history, science and culture around one of the world’s most popular treats.

The Journey of Chocolate at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Cocoa beans on display at San Diego Museum of Natural History

Would you like to be paid in Chocolate?

Tracing chocolate’s journey through history, the exhibition begins at chocolate’s birthplace, the tropical rainforests where the cacao tree grows. From there, museum visitors follow chocolate through the ages, from Aztec civilization where beans were used as currency to the Spanish conquistadors who introduced chocolate to Europe and through the Industrial Revolution that led to widespread manufacturing and the emergence of chocolate in most American pantries.

Chocolate at the San Diego Natural History Museum Information

Dates: October 29, 2012 – March 13, 2013
Time: 10:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
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After the Exhibition, Get a Taste of Delicious Chocolate in San Diego

Truffles from Eclipse Chocolat in San Diego

Truffles from Eclipse Chocolat in San Diego

If all the chocolate treats on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum have you craving some samples, fear not: San Diego is home to some terrific chocolatiers creating museum-worthy confections. Not far from Balboa Park, you’ll find Eclipse Chocolat, where exotic truffles and decadent drinking chocolates are accented with flavors like sage, peppercorn and goat cheese. Drive up the coast to North County to one of Chuao Chocolatiers’ three locations and sample their creative flavor combinations, including a potato chip-laced chocolate bar or the “Spicy Maya” made with chipotle and homemade popping candy.


Titanic Tuesdays at the NAT

Actors in period costumes outside the Titanic Exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum

To mark the final weeks of the Titanic exhibition, the San Diego Natural History Museum is planning insightful lectures, themed movies, interactions with renowned passengers including the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, replica wireless radio demonstrations, children’s book readings and more every Tuesday until August 28.

Port side, second class Promenade Deck

Other exclusive events include:
August 14: Professor Douglas Bartlett with Scripps Institute of Oceanography will share his experience as Chief Scientist on James Cameron’s recent historical expedition to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth.

August 21: esteemed Mexican author Guadalupe Loaeza will offer a free lecture discussing her book “El Caballero del Titanic,” which documents the incredible true story of Manuel Uruchurtu Ramirez, the only Mexican passenger aboard the Titanic. Uruchurtu was a Mexican diplomat and tragically perished after heroically giving up his space in a lifeboat to save a woman and her child.

First class cabin (recreation)

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition features 200 artifacts and allows guests to actively participate in the multifaceted experiences of first, second and third class passengers through extensive room re-creations, superior photo galleries and a giant ice wall. Exhibition artifacts range from passengers’ personal items to fragments of the ship itself, offering haunting, and emotional connections to the lives lost or forever altered that fateful night.

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.