Designed as a fun, interactive journey, the permanent exhibition Food - The essence of life invites adults and children alike to explore the fascinating world of the food of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The new scenography brings together discovery, experimentation and knowledge enhancement in three new sectors: Food, Society and The Body. Each one uses film screenings, interactive terminals and video installations to create an unforgettable immersive experience that reveals the influence food has on the body and the environment.
Food sector - 1st floor
The tour of the Alimentarium’s new exhibition starts with a sector which invites you to explore the world of food. Your discoveries will answer a fundamental question: “What do I eat?”
The first room immediately immerses you in idyllic countryside. Surrounded by interactive screens, you can marvel at the ways food is formed, such as watching corn grow in fast motion, or explore a host of other examples relating to all kinds of food.
After discovering the infinite variety of our food, you move through to the Production sector, which offers an overview of agriculture and trade. The objects on display can also be viewed on tactile terminals that show them in 3D in their usual setting. Themed interactive terminals and screens offer you the opportunity to find out more about objects which depict gathering food, hunting, livestock farming and crop cultivation.
To show the incredible journeys made by the food we eat after it has been produced, an interactive screen lights up the different routes selected on the terminals, revealing the distribution, transportation and traceability of food.
Now that you have seen how food is grown and transported, don’t you just wish you could sit down and taste it? Yet before doing so, food needs to go through an important step: Processing. This room presents more exhibits, interactive terminals and video testimonies to help you understand the traditional and industrial processes behind the manufacture, preservation and preparation of food. You can even enjoy a fun-filled introduction to cookery on our large tactile table with interactive games about recipes and culinary techniques. What a journey! What history!