The museum is the product of Maryellis Bunn – a creative strategist who, like many others, loves ice cream. The museum spans 6 rooms, and for the price of entry ($18 for one adult, $30 for two adults, and $12 for children under 10 and seniors), you can fulfill childhood dreams of jumping into a pool of 11,000 pounds of sprinkles, swinging on a giant ice cream sandwich, walking through a ‘Chocolate Room,’ eating a candy balloon, and of course, enjoying a scoop of ice cream. You can also sample a ‘miracle berry candy’ that makes you perceive sour foods as sweet; just remember the effects last 1 hour, so maybe wait on that bag of potato chips! Test out an app that finds your ‘perfect flavor match’ (this one is a collaboration with Tinder), and play on a giant seesaw/ice cream scooper.
And for the scoop of ice cream you were promised? The vendors rotate each week throughout the month and include many of New York City’s most beloved ice cream shops, from Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. to Black Tap to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
It may be more of an interactive art exhibit than a museum, but it’s undoubtedly a unique way to spend a day.
Though it’s an ideal way to beat the NYC summer heat, the 30,000 tickets sold out in 5 days so you may have trouble getting in. Luckily, you can vicariously live the experience through Instagram, because in some ways the Museum of Ice Cream truly is designed for social media. The exhibits are highly visual and interactive, so if you weren’t lucky enough to snag a ticket to the real thing you can still grab a cone at the nearest scoop shop and see what the museum is all about via their Instagram.