Today marks the public grand opening of the Pizza Hut Museum on the WSU Innovation Campus.
Starting at 9 a.m., the public is invited to come and learn about the history of Pizza Hut — founded by WSU students Dan and Frank Carney.
The museum is 500 square feet, but it’s filled with lots of interesting facts.
The public can learn about the marketing and promotions that helped make Pizza Hut a household name, and how technology played a role in the company’s expansion. There are multiple video screens to watch old Pizza Hut commercials and interviews with the founders.
The museum also contains tons of memorabilia, such as the original Pizza Hut schedule and recipe written on a napkin.
The vice president of the WSU Foundation said the museum could be nostalgic for some, as the company affected many people.
“Many people are going to see their memories of childhood,” said Keith Pickus. “Going to Pizza Hut for that special occasion or the giveaways that they gave, and learning about how this idea became this international phenomenon.”
The museum not only honors the founders and the company’s history, but it’s also going to be used to teach WSU students.
Students in the Elliott School of Communication created a website and social media campaign for the website, plus they designed t-shirts that will be given away at the grand opening.
WSU’s museum studies program will have its students as museum docents. The students will also continue the curation process, as there are lots of memorabilia not displayed.
“As people look around the museum, there’s display cases, things will rotate in and out,” explained Pickus.
School officials hope the museum teaches students valuable skills for their future. However, they also hope it serves as a reminder of the entrepreneurial drive the Carney brothers had, which helped them to create one of the largest pizza franchises in the world.
“It shows what students can do with their dreams and it really is critical for people to see that the dreams are possible to come true, and what could happen when people take their talent, their energy and their passion and they apply it to something they care deeply about,” said Pickus.
Today’s grand opening includes a t-shirt giveaway, refreshments and pizza.
The Pizza Hut Museum’s hours are as follows:
September – May
- Monday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday-Thursday: Noon to 4 p.m.
June – August
- Monday-Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
The museum is free of charge.
It’s located at the WSU Innovation Campus, 1845 Fairmount. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Marcus Welcome Center.