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We have the largest collection of pizza memorabilia in the world. Help us build a permanent home for it - with a pizzeria attached!

FINAL UPDATE! (3.31) THIS IS IT - THE FINAL COUNTOWN! HERE'S ONE MORE VIDEO TO TIDE YOU OVER.

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UPDATE (3.30) 57 HOURS TO GO! SO WE DECIDED TO SING YOU A SONG.

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UPDATE (3.28) 4 DAYS LEFT! WE COULD USE MORE FUNDS. HERE'S ADDITIONAL $$$ WILL HELP US COVER...

could you really say no to this beard?

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UPDATE (3.26): HAPPY MONDAY. WE MADE A VIDEO FOR YOU!

6 days to go before our campaign ends. Keep spreading the word! 

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UPDATE (3.24): WOW. WE'RE 100% FUNDED - WITH 8 DAYS LEFT! DARE WE SAY, KEEP IT GOING! 

This. is. sauce'some! We wish could round up all 284 individuals who have given so far, and give em the biggest, most super heartfelt group hug of all time. If you haven't doughnated yet, you still have time! One whole week in fact.

Whatever $$$ we raise from here on out will go toward funding a more complete list of items for the museum including needed structural improvements to the space, farm-to-plate program development, content licensing and our full furnishings list.  We're speechless at your generosity to-date.  While we've many more unfunded items to fund, your continued support is heartening and makes us feel like total winners.  Thanks!

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UPDATE (3/23.12) NEW REWARD! 'PIZZA FAN 2.0' - $7 GETS YOU AN OFFICIALLY LICENSED, HANDMADE PIZZA BRAIN PIN! 

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"Fun idea. But what, exactly, is a pizza museum & restaurant? And what do you need $15,000 for?"

Great questions. Here's some answers.

"...Ok, I'm starting to understand, But the world's first pizza museum? For real?" 

Yes, it's true. There's a museum out there dedicated to french fries, kiwis, chocolate, Pez dispensers, even burnt food - and yet, no one has ever thought to curate a museum honoring what is arguably the most celebrated food on the planet.

That is, until now.

Pizza Brain is a 1,000 piece (and growing) collection of pizza memorabilia curated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In May 2011, Guinness Book of records certified the Pizza Brain archive to be ‘the largest collection of pizza-related items’ in the world. After a substantial amount of planning, we're taking the next logical step: building the world’s first pizza museum & restaurant.

For the past year, we've been tirelessly working to get this vision off the ground. Currently we’re busy renovating a building in Fishtown, the epicenter of Philadelphia's burgeoning art community. 

"...And it's going to be a pizzeria, too?"

Totally! By spring, this revitalized 19th century storefront will be the new and permanent home to our collection, as well as unique restaurant that serves delicious artisan pizza, salads and sandwiches.

"Ok, I get it. But what do you need my help for?"

Well, we're looking for money to fully build out and furnish our museum space  (things like custom-built display cases, cabinets, electronic monitors, and lighting/security systems to name a few)  – as well as develop an electronically accessible archive of pizza-related artifacts.

During 2011, nearly 1500 people liked Pizza Brain’s facebook and twitter pages, and many articles were written about our concept (appearing in City Paper, Metro, Zagat, Slice, and even Quantas Airlines). This December, our brand developer Brian 'Brain' Dwyer earned the prestigious title of Philebrity's ‘Phoodie of the Year’ for his pizza enthusiasm. We've brought people together around an idea whose time has come. Now we need your help to bring our space to life. 

Let’s team up - in the name of imagination, community and of course, pizza! 

INCREASE THE PIECE.

~ xoxo and thanks, team pizza brain

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FAQ

  • Unfortunately, no. Travel, room & board is a responsibility you'll have to shoulder. We'd love nothing more than to fly you out here, feed you, let you sleep on our floors, borrow our clothes, eat our cereal, drink our beers and give you your rightful kickstarter rewards, but we're kind of busy opening the whole 'world's first pizza museum & restaurant' thing. Thanks for understanding.

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  • Very simply, we care a lot about our community and our earth. Where our ingredients come from, how much waste we produce, and how our neighborhood is affected by our actions are topics we discuss at-length on a daily basis.

    Being a small, community-minded business, we've made it a priority to find new and exciting ways to reflect these concerns in a tangible, practical way.

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    PIZZA FAN - Much like the rest of the known universe, you're a fan of pizza. For your contribution, you've our heartfelt "thank you!’ and group hug from all four pizza brain owners. Outside of Philly? We'll send a kindly written email with kissy, huggy emoticons with a funny personalized picture attached.

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    PIZZA FAN 2.0 - In addition to getting a group hug (and our deepest, heartfelt thanks) we're going to give you an OFFICIALLY LICENSED, HANDMADE PIZZA BRAIN PIN to proudly sport on your backpack, manpurse, ladybag, satchel or denim vest! Wear it proudly, good and faithful doughnator - each pin will be hand-pressed by no less than 1 finger of each of team pizza brain, to ensure quality and grandeur.

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    PIZZA CONNOISSEUR – Your gift pegs you as more than a casual appreciator of pizza. So, you’ll receive all the life-affirming benefits mentioned above, and we'll make you a free personal-sized pizza & drink.

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    PIZZA ENTHUSIAST – Your ongoing love affair with pizza has physically manifested itself in the form of 25 digital American dollars. This gift level entitles you to a free small pizza and two drinks + a one-of-a-kind, hand-made doodle drawn by all four owners of Pizza Brain (don't worry - at least one of us dropped out of art school).

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    PIZZALITIST –You love pizza so much you make other pizza fans tremble with inferiority. We support your obsession. We'll throw you and 3 of your friends a pizza party at pizza brain (a free large pie of your choice and drinks for four on the house).

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    PIZZAVANGELIST – Your perpetual dedication to pizza is a part of who you are. You can’t help but spread the good news of the almighty pie to the masses. And for that, we'll reward you with our 3-day pizza extravaganza: one large pizza of your choice per day for a period of three days. To appease the archaeologist in you, we're including a genuine artifact taken from the walls of our mid 19th building during renovation (buried treasure?! human bones? a 100-year old pair of underwear? that's for us to know and you to find out).

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    GRAND PIZZA CHAMPION – The name says it all. All 'pizzavangelist’ benefits belong to you, plus an original, hand-signed pizza art print made by the Guinness record holder himself, Brian ‘Pizza Brain’ Dwyer! In addition to that, you’ll receive your very own piece of pizza memorabilia, to help get you started on your own collection. And in addition to THAT, you'll receive an actual locket containing locks of hair belonging to all four members of team pizza brain (no joke).

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    PIZZA LEGEND – Your reputation precedes you. All the above benefits of ‘grand pizza champion’ are yours- our 3-day pizza extravaganza, original pizza art, a slice of pizza memorabilia plus a 5-person pizza party at pizza brain with two large pies and drinks for five. We'll also carve your name onto the physical bricks and mortar of our restaurant, crystallizing your infamous love of pizza for centuries to come.

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    ULTIMATE PIZZA WARRIOR - All the above benefits of ‘pizza legend’ are unquestionably yours. We’re so honored to be graced by your donation’s presence that we’re throwing in a complimentary bottle of bubbly & a private pizza party for 8 at Pizza Brain - with live music accompaniment by the owners themselves!

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    THE PIZZA SPIRITS WILL BE VERY PLEASED WITH THIS ONE! We shutter at the very thought of your pizza excellence. All the above benefits of ‘pizza legend’ are yours, plus a guaranteed spot sitting at the right hand of the pizza gods, should the inevitable pizzappocalypse happen in our lifetime. Oh yeah, and we've got your pizza brain summer pizza orders- one large pizza per week- covered (that’s over $240 worth of free food!)

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    PIZZA GOD – Congratulations! You have achieved ultimate pizza nirvana. You’re entitled to everything you see on this list, plus the overwhelming sense of self-worth that comes with being a pizza god. Rule your kingdom benevolently, oh mighty one. Oh yeah, we'll give you 1 free pizza per week for an entire year!

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