Eat your heart out at the Pizza Museum
Eat your heart out at the Pizza Museum This Nov. 2, 2018 photo shows a pizza box playroom created with neon lights and colorful fluorescent tape called "Gazoo," part of a group art exhibition celebrating pizza at The Museum of Pizza in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Eat your heart out at the Pizza Museum
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There is now a museum for pizza lovers everywhere. It has popped-up in New York City. The city is arguably America's pizza capital. 

The Museum of Pizza is dedicated to all things cheese and sauce. But there's more to it than meets the tongue.

"It's often that the simplest ideas are the best. And we wanted to use pizza's ubiquitous appeal to get people through the door and looking at art and hearing about history in a different format." That's according to Alexandra Serio. She is Chief Content Officer at Nameless Network, the group that baked the Museum of Pizza idea.

"Our approach to this Museum of Pizza is a fine art approach. So we went out to multiple artists contemporary in many mediums. We asked them for their interpretation of pizza," said Serio. "And what we got back ranges the gamut. Let's just say that. That's an understatement."

The museum is located on the street level of Brooklyn's William Vale hotel. It is an expansive, one-floor space. It houses a wide variety of art. The art ranges from giant photographs to sculptures to large installations that engulf visitors. The pop-up museum, also known as "MoPi," has already drawn a lot of interest. More than 6,000 people came through the doors when they opened this month.

Another instantly recognizable part of the space is the bright colors that are weaved throughout the exhibits. They are perfect for taking social media-ready pictures.

"Honestly, I thought it would be like more of a museum. Like at the beginning, I expected pizza boxes and it kinda tells you when it was developed and stuff like that." That's according to Nene Raye, visiting from New Jersey. 

"Then I was kinda hoping they had something artsy in it because I love taking pictures. So this is a mashup of everything. So you get a little bit of education and then some fun, which I love."

Serio said selfie-friendly exhibits are becoming a priority for museums. They are trying to get younger legs to walk through their doors.

"It's a kind of paradigm shift with museums," she said. "You'll see, I think in the next few years because of museums like the Museum of Ice Cream, and multiple pop-ups of this ilk, museums kind of courting a younger audience and seeing how they can make their exhibitions more tactile, touch and photography friendly."

Lydia Melendez, a self-described "pizza aficionado," bought her tickets in April. For her, this experience was worth the wait.

"I thought it was going to be kinda boring, like I'm going to walk in and there's just going to be a book about pizza and how to make it. But this is definitely one for the books."

While pizza may be the hook that draws those interested to the museum, the focus of MoPi is to expose visitors to the fine art world. Visitors can get an education fed to them one slice at a time.

"The Museum of Pizza's target demographic isn't necessarily the same type of people that are making a quarterly trips to the MoMA or the Frick collection or the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) ", said Serio. "We're really putting fine art in a place that's easily accessible for a wide range of people."

The pop-up museum costs $35 for adults, but is free for kids under 5 and seniors. It closes Nov. 18.

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What would you expect to see at a Pizza Museum?
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  • OliviaV-dec
    11/28/2018 - 09:53 a.m.

    I would expect to see a lot of pizza. I would also expect the museum to smell like pizza. I would definitely go their because i love pizza.

  • Sabina-E2
    11/28/2018 - 10:56 a.m.

    I think that it is a little bit weird.
    but i did think that it was a little obvious that it was in New York City.
    I like that it is free for kids under five and also for seniors.
    the question is 'What would you expect to see at a pizza museum and my answer is A WHOLE LOT OF PIZZA, and maybe even who invented pizza, and obviously that pizza was Italian.

  • PaigeM-dec
    11/29/2018 - 09:47 a.m.

    I would expect to see pizza at a pizza museum. I would also want to see pizza art and eatable pizza. I would also want pizza without cheese, because I’m lactose intolerant. That is want I would expect to see at a pizza museum.

  • Tannerw-eic
    11/30/2018 - 10:19 a.m.

    pizza every where and it would smell amazing

  • Katelyne-eic
    11/30/2018 - 01:55 p.m.

    When people are done visiting the museum, they should give everyone a slice of free pizza.

  • JosueR-121
    11/30/2018 - 03:34 p.m.

    I liked the article because it talked about pizza. I never knew that there was museum for pizza. "Honestly, I thought it would be like more of a museum. Like at the beginning, I expected pizza boxes and it kinda tells you when it was developed and stuff like that." That's according to Nene Raye, visiting from New Jersey.

  • ErikD-2756
    11/30/2018 - 03:44 p.m.

    I would expect to see a giant pizza and a guy in a pizza costume at a pizza museum. I would also like to see tons and tons of pizza lovers. I would also see tons of different pizzas.

  • Manuel V-rud
    12/11/2018 - 11:47 a.m.

    Flying pizza and other things.Maybe a pizza car made of pizza.Also pizza people that walk.

  • kchas-wim4
    12/13/2018 - 11:05 a.m.

    i would expect to see a lot of pizza and maybe some artwork that incorporates pizza. or maybe somethings made out of clay.

  • abash-wim4
    12/13/2018 - 11:05 a.m.

    i expect to see the pizza of the past hundred years and get taste tests every time we see a pizza that we have never seen before

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