Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chocolate Museums: International Museum Day

Today is International Museum Day, and what could be better than visiting a Chocolate Museum. I posted an original list in 2009 from Virtual Tourist of the World's Top 10 Best Chocolate Museums. I've added a few more, including the list from Wikipedia. Happy Travels. I see I have a long 'chocolate' bucket list. 

1. The Cologne Chocolate Museum: Cologne, Germany
 Located on the Rhine River, this futuristic building gives visitors three floors of chocolate history to ponder, but the real center of attention here is the famous chocolate fountain. Museum staff dip waffles in the hot liquid for salivating guests.

2. Musee les Secrets du Chocolat: Geispolsheim, France
Complete with theater, tea room and gift shop that sells chocolate pasta, chocolate vinegar, chocolate beer and decorative antique chocolate molds, this museum is every bit as elegant as the country it represents.

3. Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory; Newhaven, Phillip Island, Victoria, Canada
This facility houses such tongue-in-cheek exhibits as statue of David replicas, a Dame Edna mural and an entire chocolate town. Aside from the eye candy, visitors are treated to real candy with a chocolate sample upon arrival.

4. Choco-Story Chocolate Museum: Bruges, Belgium
In addition to dedicating a section of the museum to the health benefits of chocolate, this museum also houses a quirky collection of chocolate tins that pay tribute to the Royal family.

5. Museu de la Xocolata: Barcelona, Spain
The sculptures at this museum are so impressive, you'll forget you're looking at chocolate. Subjects range from copies of serious religious works to whimsical cartoon characters.

6. The Chocolate Museum (Musee du Chocolat): St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada

Museum pays tribute to the Ganong Bros who were candy makers in the area and who have the distinction of introducing the world to the iconic heart-shaped chocolate box, many of which are on display here. The Museum features hands-on exhibits, interactive computer displays, collections of historic chocolate boxes and antique candy-making equipment. Chocolate treats are a staple all the time!

7. Choco-Story Chocolate Museum: Prague, Czech Republic
Chocolate may be a feast for the palate, but this museum is truly a feast for the eyes. Collections of stunning antique chocolate wrappers and demonstrations of the chocolate making process.

8. Candy Americana Museum, Wilbur Chocolate: Lititz, Pennsylvania
Started when the wife of the company president began collecting chocolate memorabilia at flea markets and antique shows, this now over-35-year old museum still admits visitors for free.

9. Chocolate Museum: Jeju-do Island, South Korea
While the chocolate workshop, "Bean to Bar" showroom and art gallery are all impressive, perhaps this museum's biggest draw is their working San Francisco-style trolley car.

10. Nestle Chocolate Museum: Mexico City, Mexico
Known more for its modern design and the speed with which it was built (by most estimates 75 days from start to finish), this futuristic building is an exhibit in itself.

11. Hershey: Hershey, PA. Do I need to say more?
Visit the Museum on Chocolate Avenue

And from Wikipedia: More Chocolate Museums:

Heindl Schokolademuseum Vienna Austria
Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate Brussels Belgium
Choco Story Brugges Belgium
Musée de chocolat Jacques Eupen Belgium
Chocolate Caseiro Prawer Gramado Brazil

Musée du chocolat de la confiserie Bromont Bromont Canada
The Chocolate Museum Havana Cuba
Kalev Chocolate Museum Tallinn Estonia
Cadbury World Birmingham England
Walker's Chocolate Emporium Museum Devon England
Chocolaterie Drakkar Nonant France
Chocolaterium Damville France
Le Paradis du Chocolat La Côte-Saint-André France
Musée du Chocolat Bovetti Terrasson-Lavilledieu France
Musée du Chocolat Des Hautot Fécamp France
Musée du Chocolat Des Lis Chocolat Nemours France

Planete Musée du Chocolat Biarritz France

Halloren Schokoladenmuseum Halle Germany
Rausch SchokoLand Peine Germany
Ritter Sport ChocoExhibition Waldenbuch Germany
Wawi Schoko-Welt Pirmasens Germany WAWI, Nappo and Moritz brands
Csokoládé-Múzeum Budapest Hungary
Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba Norma Italy
Museo Storico della Perugina Perugia Italy
Shiroi Koibito Park Sapporo Japan
Chocolate museum Jejudo Korea
De Chocoladefabriek Amsterdam Netherlands Planned museum to open in 2013
Gemeentemuseum Weesp Weesp Netherlands Local history museum with large collection of chocolate cups and Van Houten memorabilia
Nederlands Bakkerij Museum Hattem Netherlands "Dutch Bakery Museum", exhibits include Droste chocolate memorabilia, baking and confectionery equipment and memorabilia
Cadbury World Dunedin New Zealand
Silky Oak 'Chocolate Thru' the Ages' Museum Napier New Zealand
Red October Museum of Chocolate Moscow Russia
Museo del Chocolate Villajoyosa Spain Chocolates Clavileno
Museo del Chocolate Valor Villajoyosa Spain Chocolates Valor
Museo del Chocolate de Sueca Sueca Spain Comes Chocolate

Alimentarium Vevey Switzerland Operated by Nestlé, includes exhibits on cooking, eating, purchasing food, digesting, and a history of Nestlé
Cailler-Nestlé Broc Switzerland
Shokoland Caslano Switzerland Alprose Chocolates

South Bend Chocolate Company South Bend, Indiana United States Tours of the chocolate factory and museum


Kasha said...

Can I tell you how flattered I was that you stopped by my ghetto blog? Why haven't I been stalking your blog of wonderful chocolate treats all of this time? I am in fact dying for chocolate at this very moment. I might have to resort to the frozen chocolate chips in my freezer or I could get my kicks from your fabulous blog. Hope to at least tour the Hershey museum one day. Had no idea there were so many more! Thank you!

Janet Rudolph said...

Kasha, your German Chocolate cake stuffed with cheesecake (do I have that right?)is outstanding! glad I stopped by.

Samantha said...

I love being a museum intern, but can you imagine interning at a chocolate museum? Yum!


Samantha said...

I love being a museum intern, but can you imagine interning at a chocolate museum? Yum.


moonsword said...

Goodgolly I just found your blog and find myself immersed in chocolate joy! Wondrous recipes and delightful info!
If you wander to the Midwest this weekend you should stop at the 25th Anniversary ChocolateFest 2011 in Burlington, WI on May 27-30...great fun, lots of yummy chocolate and exciting events for every age.