Ice cream has its own museum for a limited time!
Ice cream is basically a dietary staple during the summer, and for the month of August you can completely immerse yourself in the ice cream experience at New York City’s pop-up Museum of Ice Cream. The museum is wildly popular, and sold out of all 30,000 available tickets only five days after opening. It combines the traditional aspects of an art gallery with interactive exhibits that visitors can photograph, touch, and even taste. It boasts 45 different works of ice cream themed art created by 35 artists from around the world, but also has fun experiential activities like a sprinkle pool.
Upon entering the museum, guests immediately receive an ice cream scoop to set the tone. Next, they get to taste liquid sugar balloons filled with helium that temporarily make you sound like a caffeinated squirrel. This first room is also the cone room, with multiple art installations dedicated to the ice cream cone. These include a cone wall and suspended cone lamps, both designed with instagram in mind. In fact, much of this museum was designed to be easily shared on social media, and visitors are encouraged to take pictures throughout the tour.
The next room, the scoop room, doesn’t have any edible features. However, it does have the largest sundae you have ever seen, since every guest adds a scoop of sugary shortening to it as they pass through. This room also offers a series of ice cream facts for an educational bonus.
The fourth stop on the tour is the chocolate room, sponsored by Dove chocolate. It is dimly lit so visitors can enjoy a projection of a chocolate lava, relax on bean bag chairs, and sample some complimentary Dove chocolates. This room definitely channels Willy Wonka, and provides a nice break in the middle of the tour.
After the chocolate room, guests enter the most talked about installation in the museum: the sprinkle pool. The pool is the main feature of the sprinkle room, which also has a selection of candies from Dylan’s Candy Bar. It’s a three foot deep pool of plastic rainbow sprinkles decorated with pink beach balls. It even has a lifeguard to make sure no one swallows the very real looking, but unfortunately inedible, sprinkles.
The last portion of the tour is a taste experience unlike anything you’ve tasted before. It starts with a magic berry candy that transforms your sour taste buds into sweet taste buds. You can test the magic berry effect by sampling an ice cream topped with lemon slices, and peruse some artwork while you enjoy you magically sweetened treat. This room also includes a playground with a neapolitan ice cream sandwich swing an ice cream scoop see saw that complete the feeling of childhood dreams come true. While the museum is currently set to close on August 31, its creators say that they are working on extending its run so more people can enjoy the ice cream experience.