A 5,000-square-foot museum dedicated to chocolate has opened inside the SoHo store of master chocolatier Jacques Torres. The exhibits feature artifacts that tell the history of chocolate-making, beginning with the Mayans, who first cultivated cacao beans. Among the artifacts are a pre-Columbian grinding stone from 500 A.D., a 1750 Spanish cup made of coconut shell and silver, and French art deco chocolate boxes from 1850.
The museum, called Choco-Story, features demonstrations of bonbon-making and preparing Mayan chocolate (a bitter, complex drink akin to coffee), samples of single-origin chocolates, and a children’s playroom. For an additional fee, visitors can try their hand at making chocolate bars.
The project is a collaboration with Eddy Van Belle, the museum’s primary collector. He has opened similar museums in Belgium, Prague, and Paris. The museum will be open for at least the next two years. $10 to $45.
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jacques Torres Chocolate
350 Hudson St. (between Charlton & King streets)