Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Operating in what was once a computer store, this small museum displays all of the more than 600 styles of plastic Pez candy dispensers that have been produced from the 1950s to the present. Owner Gary Doss says, “I haven’t sold a computer in 16 years. Pez is a lot more fun and requires less customer support.” The rarest item is a 1972 Make-a-Face. Snoopy, Bugs Bunny, and Fred Flintstone are all on display, along with Tweety Bird, who starred in a Seinfeld episode that was declared by TV Guide to be the 42nd most funny episode on TV. A collection of classic toys that are also 50-plus years old--including Lincoln Logs and Mr. Potato Head—and an example of the original Barbie and the world’s first comic book are also displayed. A large selection of contemporary and collectible Pez dispensers (even Santa!) and candy refills are for sale in the well-stocked gift shop, where you can also have your picture taken with the world’s largest Pez dispenser. The Pez mint was invented in Linz, Austria—where they are still made--in 1927. It was introduced to the U.S. in fruit flavors and offered in a head dispenser in 1952 (the first dispensers were head-less).
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