julia child stamp
Julia Child Stamp

Julia Child

The kitchen of cookbook author Julia Child is on exhibit at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution.

Julia Child led a very interesting life. Not only did she star in her own cooking show and write several cookbooks, but she also volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to today’s CIA, during World War II. She then married an OSS officer who was stationed in France after the war.

While living in France with her husband, she became an expert in French cooking, which she then introduced to the US through her cookbooks and television show. The National Museum of American History has preserved her kitchen exactly as it appeared on television and also features more information about her show and the food she made. Read more about Julia Child at biography.com.

Julia Child’s Kitchen


The National Museum of American History is the fourth stop on our District of Columbia Author Adventures Trail.

Katie Smart