Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Burlingame: Museum of Pez Memorabilia – Pezheads Unite!

If you’re a Pezhead or just have a penchant for candy, you’ll want to visit the Museum of Pez Memorabilia, the only place in the world where you can see every Pez dispenser ever made – over 500 of them. Located in Burlingame, just 5 minutes south of the San Francisco Airport, the Pez Museum is filled with an amazing assortment of the imaginative dispensers that pump out little bricks of candy. It’s not an extravagant place, just a small, two-room gift shop/museum with trove of treasures relating to Pez.

Rare Elvis Presley Pez dispensers at the Pez Museum of Memorabilia

Eduard Haas, an Austrian inventor, first began making Pez in 1927. The original candy bricks were peppermint and marketed to adults as a breath mint and alternative to smoking. Pez, from the German word for peppermint (Pfefferminz), was sold in small tins at the time. It wasn’t until 1952, when the candy maker started marketing the product to children in the United States, that the familiar character heads were added to the tops of the dispenser. Fruit flavors were created to appeal to children’s tastes and the company had a winning product on its hands. Today, over 3 billion Pez candies are consumed each year in the USA alone. Current trends dictate which new character dispensers are introduced. Along with past favorites such as Snow White, Batman, Hello Kitty, and Pink Panther, collecting them has become a hobby for many. Pez dispensers have even appeared in movies such as Stand By Me and The Client and the TV comedy hit, Seinfeld.

World's biggest Pez dispensing machine

In addition to the miscellaneous Pez memorabilia, Pez dispensers and current and classic toys for purchase at the museum shop, you’ll find the world’s biggest Pez dispensing machine. Standing at 7’10”, it weighs 85 pounds and is over 20 times the size of a normal Pez dispenser. It actually works, with the flip of its head, pumping out a clear plastic capsule that can hold 6,480 Pez candies or a standard size Pez dispenser. 

Each Thursday, admission to the Museum of Pez Memorabilia and the neighboring Classic Toy Museum is free.

More Information: Museum of Pez Memorabilia
214 California Drive, Burlingame, CA, 94010
Phone: 650-347-2301
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm (closed Sun, Mon & major holidays)
Admission: Adults: $3.00 Children 4-12: $1.00 Seniors: $1.00

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  1. I remember my kids liking those Pezheads, but, I wanted something more chocolaty. But a nice choice for P day. Brings back memories of yesteryear.

  2. wish i had all the pez i had as a kid... we used to love the stuff.

  3. Oh yes, I remember Pezheads, and now my grandkids love them too.

    What a great ABC Wed. Post!!!

  4. :) I haven't thought of pezheads in awhile. Fun post!

  5. The museum is fun to visit. Talk about having every Pez immaginable. We found some old Pez despensers at a flea market and were able to sell them for big bucks. Haven't been able to find any good ones since then.
    We used to live just a short jaunt from Burlingame.

  6. I actually HAVE that snowman PEZ dispenser; in a smaller size, to be sure.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  7. Thank you so much for the compliment on the Pumpkin Pie, Jars Header on my blog. It's one of my favorite watercolors, and I also made it into a greeting card.

  8. Fantastic museum. I would love to see this in person.

  9. A batch of Pez things were abandoned here by a moving-forward kid - I keep thinking she'll want them back, but... :)

  10. Hard to believe but I don't think I ever had a Pez. Something to look forward to.
    Donna - ABC Wednesday

  11. This is one place I think I'd really enjoy. Not a big Pez fan (the candy) but I love the dispensers.

    FYI, the photo in my post is the open mouth of a koi.