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Close up image of a soup tureen in the shape of a cabbage
Grade 3 - 12

Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment

Food and dining were transformed in Europe during the 18th-century by changes that still influence how many of us eat today. The exhibition Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment explores the story of this transformation with rare objects, fascinating histories, and amusing stories. We start in the kitchen gardens at Versailles where advances in horticulture expanded the growing seasons of vegetables and fruits, making a greater selection of foods available year-round. Then we visit the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our times. Next, we discover surprisingly modern philosophies for healthy eating and vegetarianism, and join ardent foodies as they savour meals served on newly invented ceramic and silver wares.

Inspired by the exhibition, school groups will take a closer look at food cultures around the world: Why do we have such intimate, Instagram-able connections to what we eat? Where does our food come from? What does it say about us?

  • Links: Science and Technology, Social Studies, English, The Arts, History and Geography
  • Studio Project: Students use clay to create their own perfect plates or food statements in our studios

Students will engage in discussion in the special exhibition, followed by a hands-on project in the studio.

Students will learn about food culture in 18th-century France, and explore food cultures from around the world through in-gallery activities, scavenger hunts, and audio-visual components. In the afternoon, students will participate in a hands-on project.

Program Details

$15*Full-Day Program
$9*Half-Day Program
$7Guided Tour
Free**Unguided Tour

* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.

** Registration required, please fill out the form by clicking “Book a Visit” button below.

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1. Cabbage tureen, France, Strasbourg, Paul Hannong, c. 1744 –1754. Model attributed to Johann Wilhelm Lanz (active 1748–1761). Tin-glazed earthenware (faïence). Private collection.

2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
Mexico, Jalisco
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56

3. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8