Are you the traveler that loves to visit museums when you’re away? What’s the weirdest museum you’ve ever been to? In this new Travel Society series we will be talking about the weirdest, wackiest, funniest and amazing museums in the world.
The second museum of the series is in Burlingame, California— The Museum of PEZ.
The Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia opened in 1995. The Curator, Gary Doss, of the museum opened it simply because, he wanted to share his love and passion for collecting Pez candy.
The museum features a sample of every Pez candy dispenser EVER sold— over 900 pieces! Many of the dispensers are vintage and imported.
What is Pez?
Pez has always been a collectable candy of pop culture. Invented in 1927, it was first used as a breath mint. The word Pez comes from the German word for peppermint, “pfefferminz.” Once they started manufacturing on a larger scale, the first Pez dispenser resembled cigarette lighters to encourage people to quit smoking. A couple years after the success of that, they began marketing Pez to children as a candy— and that’s where it took off.