Julia Child:
A Recipe for Life

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life, explores Julia’s personal evolution as well as America’s culinary revolution.

Top photo: Paul Child © The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life explores the key ingredients that made Julia Child the powerful and iconic woman that she was.

Julia’s insatiable curiosity and tenacious spirit drove her to endlessly try, test, prove and communicate how to make delicious food. Learning empowered Julia and in turn, she empowered others, profoundly transforming American cuisine and food culture.

Visitors will journey through Julia’s life, beginning with the moment that ignited her curiosity and passion for French cuisine and inspired her career.

At the heart of the exhibition, Julia’s passion for teaching is explored through her meticulous process of recipe development for Mastering the Art of French Cooking and The French Chef.

Other areas for exploration will be on Julia’s early life, her team members, and her legacy of inspiring people around the world.

Key Experiences

  • Interactive The French Chef studio kitchen and dining room.
  •  La Couronne restaurant immersive experience
  • Larger-than-life Mastering the Art of French Cooking book projection
  • Vignette of 1960s television
  • “Dear Julia” participatory response interactive
  • Convert a recipe from metric to imperial measurements
  • Photo Ops throughout the exhibition


Space Required

3,000 - 5,000 sq. ft.

Target Audience

Adults, Intergenerational groups


Two (2) 53 ft. trailers (estimated)


May 2023

Tour Availability

September 2025 and beyond

Produced By

This travelling exhibition is being produced by Flying Fish in collaboration with the Napa Valley Museum, under rights granted by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts and The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Oceania Cruises.

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Presenting Partners

Supporting Partner


Tour History and Itinerary

The Henry Ford Museum

Dearborn, MI, USA view map

May 19, 2023 – September 10, 2023

Omaha, Nebraska, USA view map

October 6, 2023 – February 11, 2024

Richmond, Virginia, USA view map

March 16, 2024 – September 2, 2024

Jackson, Michigan, USA view map

October 16, 2024 – January 12, 2025

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA view map

January 31, 2025 – May 18, 2025

Muskegon, Michigan, USA view map

September 1, 2025