The Museum of Ice Cream is a new pop up museum about ice cream but more importantly about beautifully decorated rooms in honor of ice cream and desserts. This museum is an Instagram worthy sensation that is becoming popular across the US. This pop-up museum started in Manhattan, New York in 2016 as an interactive art exhibit. Each room contains different themes and exhibitions. In many of the spaces, you will receive a small sample of ice cream, cotton candy, popsicle, etc. to enjoy.
What to expect at the Museum of Ice Cream
The Museum of Ice Cream takes about an hour to an hour and a half to get through. I suggest you use the bathroom prior to showing up to the museum since it will take a very long time into the tour until you get to a bathroom. Additionally, you only have one time in each room and you can’t go backward.
How to purchase tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream
This might seem like a difficult and daunting task since tickets first went on sale in San Francisco, they immediately sold out within a few minutes. I was worried that I missed my chance and opportunity to visit the Museum of Ice Cream.
Don’t worry, it seems like the Museum of Ice Cream takes this into consideration since they sell out and many people are unable to attend. They have extended their exhibition dates. So what I suggest you do, is immediately subscribe to the e-mail newsletter list so that you know when the tickets will go on sale. Although, don’t assume that the Museum of Ice Cream will be available and continue their dates. This happened in San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean that they will continue forever. After all, this is only a pop-up event.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, each ticket is $38 per person and is non-transferable. This means that you need to input your information when purchasing tickets and they will check ID upon arrival.
Where can I visit the Ice Cream Museum
As of May 2018, there are currently only two locations to visit the Museum of Ice Cream. One is currently in San Francisco, California and the newest exhibit is in Miami, Florida. I’m not sure where the next location will be, but I am pretty sure San Francisco will be closing soon as the pop-up ends. Visit the Museum of Ice Cream’s website for available times, dates, and locations.
Different Rooms for Different Moods
Now, these rooms are changing and they aren’t always the same. Each location has different exhibits so I only have experience from the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. Although, the popular ones like the pool of sprinkles is here to stay. Each location has a pool of sprinkles and from what I have heard the San Francisco location is the smallest. I will list each room below and what is included in each room. I don’t know the name of each room, but I’ll list the names I they are about. In each room, there is an interactive tour guide that will sometimes ask questions or tell you a story. Be prepared to answer some questions about your favorite ice cream and experiences.
The Ice Cream Vault
You start off in the safe room. You walk downstairs there is a leader who controls the crowd and you must answer a series of questions based on the facts listed on the wall. The safe is the first room since the San Francisco located takes place in an old bank.
You will then be lead into the next room to explore. You can continue through the rooms as you would like, but you can’t turn back. So I suggest you take your time throughout each room before proceeding to the next.
The Room with Toy Soldiers and Whipped Cream
The starting room, you have a wall filled with Whipped Cream Cans, Toy Soldiers, Photobooth, and a spinning wheel.
The Parlor is the next room which looks like an old 50’s Diner. In here you will get your first taste of ice cream which is actually a sorbet in a cone. There is a cute little jukebox, with classic phones on the wall and seating.
The Magnetic Letters: What do you Scream For?
Here in this room, you can use different magnetic letters like you did as a kid to make words on your fridge, except in this room filled with letters.
The Cotton Candy Dream and Cherries Galore
This room was so cute and would totally be an inspiration of how I would probably want my room to look. There were floating clouds everywhere and hanging cherries. This was definitely the cherry on top (get it?). Here you will get some cotton candy to enjoy in this room and get a few photos.
This room is filled with gummi bears, lollipops and everything bright in color. This room was fun to walk around, although my friend’s daughter wanted to play with everything as if it was a playground.
Here is when you get to ride on the animal cookies. This is a very popular item of choice in the Museum of Ice Cream. It was definitely fun for the kids, although as a curvy girl, I was too worried to try and ride it.
The Rainbow Room and Room of Mirrors
This Rainbow Room is, of course, the room with the infamous unicorn. Although you can sit on the unicorn, you can not touch the horn. This room is filled with tons of colors. Here you are able to get a popsicle of your choice.
The mint room was a pretty room to look at, but I was honestly disappointed with the choice of ice cream given in this room. They provided a Mint Chocolate Chip Mochi Ice Cream. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mochi, but with a mint chocolate (which is another favorite ice cream of mine), I found the combination not very satisfying. Mochi I feel needs to be paired with a fruity or earthy flavor like green tea.
Pool of Sprinkles
The Pool of Sprinkles is the most popular and most well-known room inside of the Museum of Ice Cream. You are only allowed a small amount of time to spend in here which is timed. Prior to entering the pool, you will need to take off your shoes to enter the pool. The pool is filled with plastic sprinkles which I promise you will get in everything haha. You will need to “rinse” off with an air blower in the showers and try to get all of the sprinkles off. After the pool of sprinkles, you pretty much come to the end of the tour.
SWINGS: Go Bananas, Ice Cream Sandwich, and More Whipped Cream
These are the last of the museum which you can spend as much time taking photos or swinging as you would like. There isn’t a time limit here. Additionally, you can purchase a scoop of ice cream if you happen to want more and just mingle in this area along with the gift shop.
And the finale is the Gift Shop. Here you can purchase sprinkle crowns and anything to do with Ice Cream.
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