Potato (Solanum tuberosum): Apple of the Earth
November 15, 2019 - March 17, 2020
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Museum Building
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This exhibition at the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum highlights botany, history, and contemporary art focused on this underestimated tuber around the globe.

In addition to being a favorite Thanksgiving side dish, the potato is the most important non-cereal food crop in the world and is a significant part of the diet of more than 1.5 billion people. “It has such an interesting story,” says Sachs Museum Curator Nezka Pfeifer. “It’s gone from being an American plant to being ubiquitous around the world.”

The Sachs Museum show includes 40 specimens from the Garden’s herbarium representing a variety of potato species found in different parts of the world. The exhibit will also showcase tools used for farming and cooking potatoes, including antique agriculture tools and more than 100 potato mashers from many different countries. Other items, like Mr. And Mrs. Potato Head, highlight the potato’s role in pop culture.

The South and Lower Level Galleries feature work from contemporary artists Seamus O. Hames, Dornith Doherty, and Corina Kennedy. Each artist has interpreted the unique story of this food crop in their artworks, especially the historic impact of the late potato blight that devastated the potato crop in Ireland in the mid-19th century.

Included with Garden admission.

Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum