Beginning in venues across New York City, the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund its first exhibit, "BOOM!" The exhibit will feature the puffing gun, or "a whirling 3,200-pound machine that explosively puffs food."
According to the campaign’s page, the puffing gun made its debut at the 1904 World’s Fair and was intended to puff foods à la Kix, Cheerios, and Rice Krispies. MOFAD intends "to take a functioning, custom-made puffing gun, mount it on a flatbed trailer." They will then take it to "streets, parks, plazas, and schools to show how puffed cereal is made, explain the science behind cereal production, and explore how the cereal industry became the behemoth that it is."
Additionally, in the long term, MOFAD hopes that the funding of this first exhibit will help create a brick-and-mortar museum. Until then, however, the museum will organize and operate mobile pop-up exhibits.
The campaign still has five days to go and has so far raised nearly $60,000 of their $80,000 goal. To learn more about the potential exhibit and MOFAD, check out their Kickstarter page.