I Swam in a Pool of Sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream and It Was Awesome
The Museum of Ice Cream opens its doors to the New York public starting today, and it features a pool full of sprinkles, a swing that looks like an ice cream sandwich, and “flavor tripping” pills that let you taste your ice cream in a whole new light. As of right now, the museum will only be around for a month, and unfortunately tickets are completely sold out. Depending on how the reception of the museum goes, however, there’s a possibility of a more permanent space.
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the museum before it opened to see what all the fuss was about. Would it truly be an Instagram paradise? Here’s what happened when I walked through the museum.
The Museum of Ice Cream is less of a museum, and more of an art exhibition. Each room examines a different part of the ice cream experience. You do learn a little history along the way, and get a peek into the future of ice cream, but what makes this place special is the ability to interact with each section.
After the ice cream you move into another room, which features a giant wall of ice cream cones. You’re handed an edible balloon that is filled with helium. You eat the balloon and suck in the helium so you get that funny high-pitched voice. I really hope we don’t only eat this stuff in the future.
The next section of the room is dedicated to building one giant sundae over the month-long period the exhibition is open. The ice cream is not edible. There’s also a brief overview on the history of ice cream in this room, as well as a display of classic ice cream scoops.
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Following the massive sundae is the chocolate room. You can kind of see the ominous curtains behind me in the above photo that lead to the chocolate section. The room is super dark and contains a sputtering chocolate fountain and a large brown bean bag chair to luxuriously lie on if you so choose. The room is complete with mini Dove chocolates to feast on.
The star of the whole museum is, of course, the pool full of sprinkles that you can “swim” in. The first thing you should know about this pool is that the “sprinkles” aren’t actually sprinkles. The material is more of a non-edible hard plastic. The second thing you should know is that pool is pretty shallow.
Of course, both of these things don’t take away from the fact that the pool is still really fun to play around in. It kind of feels like quicksand when you’re walking around, and there are tiny pink beach balls that litter the pool.
When I was in the pool, people were attempting to bury their friends in the sprinkles, and also throwing them around in the air for that perfect Instagram photo (I can’t judge them.). Just look at all the people on their phones and cameras in the above photo.
The sprinkle pool is fun and all until you have to leave, and you realize you will probably find these plastic sprinkles in your hair and all over your apartment for the rest of the week. Don’t worry, it’s worth it.
After the sprinkle pool I went to the taste tripping room, which features lots of ’60s music and beautiful pieces of art that are inspired by ice cream. The main event of the room involved these “flavor tripping” berries, or miracle berries. Basically, when you take one of these berries, it makes things that are normally bitter and sour taste sweet.
You take one of the berries and let it dissolve on your tongue, and then you’re handed a pink ice cream cone with a few lemon slices. The normally sour lemons are supposed to taste like lemonade.
The last room in the museum featured a mini park full of things that looked like ice cream treats. This giant swing that looks like an ice cream sandwich needs to be in my dream mansion.
And that’s it! Those are the highlights of the Museum of Ice Cream. I had to take one last photo in front of this wall painted to look like sprinkles because Instagram deemed it necessary. Overall the entire exhibition was incredibly playful and fun to interact with. I ate a total of two scoops of ice cream and got to play in a pool full of fake sprinkles.