At the culmination of its 125th anniversary year, Lodge Cast Iron announced today the forthcoming opening of the Lodge Cast Iron Museum in 2022, offering visitors from across America a destination to immerse themselves in the history and behind-the-scenes making of some of the most beloved cast iron products, cast iron cooking and the robust culture that surrounds it.
Based in South Pittsburg, Tn., Lodge’s hometown since 1896, the museum will offer a series of interactive experiences that takes visitors through three exhibitions: How It’s Made, a recreation of the foundry experience; The Lodge History & Legacy, highlighting the ingenuity that’s kept Lodge thriving generation after generation; and Cast Iron Culture, spotlighting the diverse uses of cast iron from the campfire to the kitchen.
As part of Cast Iron in Culture, there will be a special focus on Southern food and cooks thanks to Lodge’s partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance. Visitors will also be able to view an 18 foot cast iron skillet—deemed the world’s largest—as well as rare cast iron collections and stories about the people behind them. Following the experience, visitors can stop by the Lodge Cast Iron Factory Store to shop from the largest selection of cast iron cookware.
“Over the past year, we’ve celebrated 125 years of Lodge Cast Iron, and as we look ahead to 2022 and the next 125 years, we’re thrilled to be bringing the Lodge Cast Iron Museum to South Pittsburg,” said Mike Otterman, CEO and president of Lodge Cast Iron. “Covering everything from the history of cast iron to how it’s used today, the museum is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our community and share Lodge with the world through this unmatched experience.”
Since 1896, Lodge has manufactured heirloom-quality cast iron cookware at its foundries in South Pittsburg. Whether baking bread, grilling vegetables, or searing steak, Lodge’s long-lasting products are an indispensable part of daily life and work alongside you to try, learn, laugh, taste, and create memorable moments. The Lodge Cast Iron Museum, opening in late Summer 2022, will bring this legacy to life.