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 arguably America's pizza capital, New York City.

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," said Alexandra Serio, Chief Content Officer at Nameless Network. It is 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 and is an expansive, one-floor space. It houses a wide variety of art, ranging from giant photographs to sculptures to large installations that engulf visitors. And 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 attribute 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, with the pizza boxes and it kinda tells you when it was developed and stuff like that," said 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 as they try 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 - even if the education is fed 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, which costs $35 for adults but is free for kids under 5 and seniors, closes Nov. 18.

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What would you expect to see at a Pizza Museum?
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  • anthonyp-orv
    11/29/2018 - 02:53 p.m.

    this was an interesting article. and it's very cool for everyone that enjoys pizza that they made a pizza museum. If I went to the museum I would probably not go anywhere except the pepperoni exhibit.

  • abroc-wim5
    12/13/2018 - 12:35 p.m.

    I would love to visit the Pizza Museum in New York City! I feel like it would be a very interesting experiencing and according to the article, it is very popular and people seem to love it!

  • jacobt-orv
    12/13/2018 - 09:28 p.m.

    I would expect to see pizza and things that are related to pizza. I would think there would be a thing that talked about when pizza was first made.

  • MattM-dec
    1/15/2019 - 09:52 a.m.

    If i went there I don't know what i would expect to see.
    I would probably look at the reviews and If they were good I may go.

  • TylerV-dec
    1/17/2019 - 09:35 p.m.

    I would like to see the MoPi at the museum. I would like to see it because it would be neat.

  • Neveahh-orv
    1/22/2019 - 11:40 a.m.

    I would expect to see pizza with many toppings on it like chocolate chip cookies,snickers candy, gummy bears and hot chips just many variety's of candy chips and donuts

  • AthenaY-dec
    1/24/2019 - 09:44 a.m.

    I would expect to see a bunch of pizza.That's what I would expect at a pizza museum.

  • laneyA-dec
    1/24/2019 - 09:47 a.m.

    I would expect to see pizza at the Pizza Musem. I also would like to see different styles of pizza from different states and different countries, because I think it would be cool to see what the different pizzas look like. This is what I would expect to see at a Pizza Museum.

  • yarentzyap-orv
    2/05/2019 - 11:47 a.m.

    I would really want to go to the museum, I love to go to museum's and see what they have. Especially art museum's, I just like to see the fun and unique things that people create. I might even want to get pizza after seeing the museum! New York City is pretty famous for their delicious pizzas. I think it was very clever to make a museum about pizza's in the pizza capital.

  • alisab-orv
    2/15/2019 - 11:43 a.m.

    i would expect to see pizza lots of pizza at the pizza museum and tons of different flavors.

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