'Our Global Kitchen'

Leave behind your own kitchen and step inside the historic versions. This is the final weekend to explore the Bell Museum's mouthwatering exhibit on meals, agriculture and food systems through the ages. Wander through a 16th-century Aztec marketplace, check out some square-grown watermelons or test your sense of smell with displays that offer whiffs of garlic, chocolate and more. There's even a period room that lets visitors imagine eating a bowl of ice cream at Jane Austen's dining room table circa 1810 — well before freezers were invented. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Ends Jan 6. Bell Museum, 2088 W. Larpenteur Av., Falcon Heights, 612-626-9660, bellmuseum.umn.edu)

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