On November 20, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will unveil a new permanent exhibit, “Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000,” with four themed sections. The Washington, D.C. institution acknowledges that “whether convenient, fast, organic, processed, gourmet, ethnic, or local—the foods available to Americans have never been more plentiful and diverse, or more ripe for discussion.”

A prominent feature will be Julia Child’s kitchen, relocated intact from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has been with the museum since 2001. The exhibition will also cover the impact of immigrant contributions, changing gender roles, work patterns and family life, American wine-making, industrial agriculture, and commercial food production.

The museum will have an interactive element through a program called “Open Table,” at which visitors are invited to “take a seat at a large, communal table and engage in conversation about a wide range of food-related issues and topics.”

If you can’t make it to D.C., there is an online exhibition of Julia Child’s kitchen.

[via The Malaysian Insider]