The Museum of the American Cocktail will actively involve residents, scholars, and
visitors in the American Cocktail's history and lore, and will keep collections and
programs attuned to the rapidly changing, multicultural population.
Museum Collections & Exhibitions
The Museum of the American Cocktail™ will lead visitors through the fascinating two-hundred-year-old history
of the American Cocktail. Situated in the Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans' French Quarter
from January through September 2005, The Museum of the American Cocktail™ will contain
an extensive collection of rare books, Prohibition-era literature and music, vintage
cocktail shakers, glassware, drink archives, tools, gadgets and all sorts of cocktail
memorabilia and photographs from the outstanding collections of our founders. Larger-than-life
reproductions will enliven the set and bring visitors up close to the subject.
The museum will also feature
multimedia presentations that will bring the cocktail's history even more to life
with film clips, interactive displays, songs, and sounds.
Research and Publication
The American Cocktail's history and lore are just two examples of the diverse subject
matter that will be explored on an ongoing basis by the museum's founders, guest curators,
outside researchers, writers, and historians. The results of this research will be
published on an annual basis in the museum's journal The Mixologist: The Journal of
The Museum of the American Cocktail, in exhibition catalogues, and in original works written
by the world's top cocktail authorities.
A library of rare and out-of-print literature as well as modern titles on the subjects
of cocktails, spirits, and drinking in both paper and digital form, will be made available
for writers and researchers, housed in the museum's permanent location. Books and
films that document the cocktail's influence on American and European culture will
all be acquired and made for viewing at the museum's permanent location.