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A Pizza Hut Museum Is Now Opening In The Chain’s First-Ever Location

Pizza Hut has a brand-new museum opening up for the public to get a slice of history. What’s cool is that the body of memorabilia will be held in the OG building The Hut first opened 60 years ago.

Photo courtesy of the Pizza Hut Museum at Wichita State University

The original structure debuted right outside of the University of Wichita (now Wichita State). Created by brothers Frank and Dan Carney in 1958, their small building did back then what the global conglomerate still does today: feed college kids. The first location has since closed down, but has become part of the WSU campus over time, and is now being made into that special museum.

Dan Carney, along with local franchisees, and Pizza Hut corporate, contributed both mementos and money to help make the museum happen. The building was relocated to WSU’s Innovation Campus and renovated so the roof matches the original Hut.

A university curation program will have WSU students acting as docents and will be responsible for updating the museum. Apart from all of the pizza trinkets, video screens will be playing to showcase an oral history of the pizza empire. A bust of Pizza Pete, the chain’s first-ever mascot, will also be available to take pictures with.

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Photo courtesy of the Pizza Hut Museum at Wichita State University

Those interested in checking out the museum can do so starting April 30, when it opens to the general public. Admission is free, but it doesn’t come with any slices of pie, unfortunately. There’s a location on campus, however, in case you get a hankering for some ‘za.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.