Dining Out: A Chronology of American Menus

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The Museum's three-part rotating exhibit of the Henry Voigt Collection of American Menus illustrates not only what Americans ate in the 19th century but also the evolution of American culture. Part I, "Early American Menus," features over 30 historic menus, dating from 1841-1876. Menus on display include those from the famed Tremont House in Boston and the Delmonico Hotel in New York City. Part I closes December 30. Part II, “The American Excursionist,” opening January 9, 2013, features menus from resort hotels, trains and ships, dating from 1870-1900. This installation showcases the emergence of a variety of American vacation destinations in the post-Civil War years from Martha’s Vineyard to Niagara Falls to Yosemite National Park. Exhibit is open concurrent with Museum hours.