If you’ve been a follower of pizza museum news, then the upcoming opening of the pop-up Museum of Pizza isn’t news to you. It’s all over the interwebs, with pictures of people taking selfies with pizza that have really very little to do with pizza.  EaterNY refers to the “museum” phenomenon as a “social media-fueled funhouse,” which doesn’t sound very museum-ish to traditionalists like us. Since we can’t get to New York to see this for ourselves, we’ll ask you to comment about this pizza museum in the comments below.

The Original Pizza Museum

What does deserve notice at a time like this is the original pizza museum, Pizza Brain. Pizza  Brain opened in Philadelphia. September 7, 2012. The museum, which is a permanent space and not a pop-up, contains the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia. And that’s been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The pizza museum also has an on-site pizzeria.

The world's first pizza museum - Pizza Brain

Artist Brian Dwyer and partners opened Pizza Brain using Dwyer’s collection as a starting point. The museum features Pizza Collectibles, Pizza Music, Pizza Toys, Pizza Books and Pizza Advertising.

If you’ve been to either museum, let us know what you think!


Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Phone: 215-291-2965