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The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history museum dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. Though located in New Orleans, with its glorious food culture, the museum seeks to explore the food history across the South and across racial and ethnic differences.


  • The museums's former location
  • The museum's future location at 1504 Oretha Castle Blvd will open in 2015

If Jazz and Mardi Gras are uniquely associated with New Orleans, so is a certain food culture. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum takes advantage of its unique place in a city famous for good food, while expanding its emphasis across the South.

The museum explores individual state specialties, the contributions of different racial and ethnic groups, and the impact of the various forms of employment across the south (fishing, farming, etc.). Because it is a food museum, visitors explore the various food forms through interaction and sampling.

A particularly unique exhibition is "The Museum of the America Cocktail," which explores the evolution of the drink from its first documented existence in 1806 through the Prohibition to current times.

However, there are plenty of great exhibitions for the under 21 crowd as well. The museum holds constant, dedicated children's programming, which can be viewed on their website.