{nyc} ice cream, ice cream!

August 31, 2016

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Recently, you might have heard of a Willy Wonka-esque, every child’s dream place: The Museum of Ice Cream. I found out about the museum about a month ago and at the time, there were still tickets left so I made sure to snag a few for when I returned to New York City. Now, it’s completely sold out and there are 70,000+ people on the waitlist. I went last week and wanted to share a little about my experience.

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When you first walk in, you get to try some ice cream from whichever ice cream shop is sampling the week that you go. I got to try the taro ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. It was really tasty; I’ve been to the actual ice cream shop and I highly recommend it.

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The entire museum is covered in ice cream related art pieces by various artists. The whole museum is very pink and pastel colored. It’s all very picturesque, but so much so that it really feels like it’s all for the purpose of sharing it on social media. I read a post about how the founders understood “their target audience: millennials who need to prove to the rest of social media that they were out somewhere doing something really fun.” This is so smart, but makes me so sad.

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Anyways, the next room you enter, you receive a helium-filled sugar balloon. You’re supposed to suck it to eat it, but mine deflated all over the stick and I didn’t really get a chance to taste much of it or inhale any helium at all.

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Afterwards, you get a short “lesson” on the history of ice cream and then you pick up a scooper and plop a scoop of ice cream into a large bowl creating the biggest ice cream sundae ever made. In reality, the “ice cream” is actually an oreo-filling type of concoction.

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Then, you enter a chocolate room where you can pick up some chocolate and there’s chocolate graphics dripping down the sides of the room. This room was rather unimpressive and too dark to really take any good photos. Afterwards, you enter the most famous room from this museum: the pool of sprinkles. Each group of guests gets around 3 minutes in the pool and sprinkles get everywhere. This was pretty disappointing as it was incredibly rushed. but at least you get to grab some candy out of several candy jars at the end.

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The best part of the museum was the next room where you took a “miracle berry” pill which turns sour things sweet! You receive an ice cream cone with a lemon slice on top and you could eat the lemon with no problem, it was so, so sweet. This was a cool experience. The soft serve ice cream was nice and refreshing and quite pretty.

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You end the museum experience with an ice cream sandwich swing and an ice cream scooper see-saw. Overall, the experience is interesting, but very overhyped and not really worth the price. I’d say the whole experience felt very rushed, but I’m still glad it was something I got to attend!

I got some of the quotes from here.

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3 Responses to “{nyc} ice cream, ice cream!”

  1. annalice said

    how much was the admission??

  2. When I heard about museum, I was upset that I couldn’t see it, but after reading your post, I feel better! I’d still like to hang out in a sprinkle swimming pool, but the museum experience doesn’t sound ideal!

  3. We tried for the first round of tickets but only odd times were available so we decided to pass. Then we heard similar reviews, so we’re glad we didn’t put too much effort trying to track tickets down! Fun pics tho 🙂

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