Exhibition - I Eat Therefore I Am

From October 16 2019 to June 1 2020, the Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Mankind) in Paris is inviting the public to explore the biological, cultural and ecological aspects of food via the new exhibition Je mange donc je suis (I Eat Therefore I Am).

The exhibition, devised by France’s National Museum of Natural History, aims to give a wider audience access to the research carried out by its scientists. It tackles the subject of food across multiple disciplines and themes, including the development of taste, table manners, gastronomic diplomacy, agricultural models, culinary heritage, meat consumption, GMOs and the eating habits of our ancestors.

Aimed at visitors both young and old, the event offers a unique blend of past, present and future. Constructed in three sections, it takes us on a journey evoking culture, nature, art and science. 

The exhibition is divided into three parts:

• "Body and Food": This first section considers food from our body’s point of view, exploring historical, biological and cultural dimensions.

• "Edible Cultures": The second section takes us from individuals to societies, inviting us to ponder the religious, sociological, political and artistic dimensions of food.

• "Consuming Nature": The final section takes us into the heart of today’s headlines by urging us to consider the global challenges of food consumption and production.

Over the three spaces covering a total of 650 square metres (7000 square feet), the often eye-popping décor immerses visitors in the contemporary issues surrounding food: sit at the French President’s table at the Élysée Palace, converse with a virtual cow, or admire the skull of a legendary pastry chef!

A cultural program of hosted meals, round tables, storytelling tours and olfactory experiences runs alongside the exhibition.


Useful information:

Musée de l’Homme

17 Place du Trocadéro - 75016 Paris

From October 16 2019 to June 1 2020

10 am to 6 pm, except Tuesday

Learn more at the Musée de l'Homme website