New York isn't a city that shies away from museums of the obscure – here, you can find collections dedicated to everything from gangsters to trolls, and from mathematics to sex. But we've been missing a temple to one obvious sweet spot to date: glorious ice cream. Soon, however, your cone will runneth over, since the pop-up Museum of Ice Cream is readying to debut for a monthlong stint in the Meatpacking District, epicenter of all things cool (or frozen, in this case). Here's the scoop outlining all you need to know to make your Willy Wonka-esque fantasies a reality – see you in the sprinkle pool!:
What is the Museum of Ice Cream?
Being billed as "a lick-able, likeable, shareable ice cream-centric experience," the pop-up interactive museum is the brainchild of a collective of designers, artists, and friends with a shared sweet tooth passion for ice cream, of course!
What can I do at the Museum of Ice Cream?
Dedicated to all things ice cream, visitors can expect deliciously interactive highlights that include an ice scream sandwich swing made for two, an ice cream scooper seesaw, edible balloons, a room dedicated to chocolate, and a massive collaborative ice cream sundae. The cherry on top? The museum's rainbow 'sprinkle' pool that visitors are welcomed to literally dive in on – just save yourself the embarrassment (and chipped tooth): they're not edible.
Looking for your perfect ice cream flavor match? Guests can even let technology help pick out their perfect ice cream pairing thanks to a custom app designed by Tinder in the museum's "Tinder Land."
What can I eat at the Museum of Ice Cream?
Admission includes a "Scoop of the Week," doled out by notable local ice cream pros and foodie favorites like Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co. and Black Tap. You'll also get to visit to the museum's Future Food Studio, created by food futurist Dr. Irwin Adam, where you can indulge in some of his more unusual ice cream concoctions.
Where is the Museum of Ice Cream located?
The museum is located at 100 Gansevoort Street, close to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line.
How long will the Museum of Ice Cream be open and what are its hours?
The museum will be open for just about a month, from July 29 to August 31, 2016 – just in time to cool down New Yorkers during the height of the dog days of summer. Opening hours run from 11am to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays–Saturdays; and from 11am to 8pm on Sundays. Note it's closed on Tuesdays.
How much are Museum of Ice Cream tickets and how can I get them?
"Single Scoop" tickets for one adult are $18/person, or get "Double Scoop" tickets for two adults for $30. Kids under 10 and seniors get reduced rate tickets for $12/person; wee ones under age 3 are free. Tickets include a "scoop of the week," as well as a custom tasting in the Future Food Studio. Book your timed tickets exclusively online at: www.showclix.com/event/Museum-of-ice-cream; note that tickets will not be sold at the door. Visitors must arrive at least 15 minutes before the close of their ticketed hour (example: no later than 2:45pm on a ticket that's timed from 2pm through 3pm).
Note that tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Bonus: Visitors who arrive on opening day (Friday, July 29th) between 11am and 3pm, will get free admission and ice cream, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How long will I need for my visit?
The museum approximates that guests will spend about 20 minutes taking it all in, though we don't advise to rush your ice cream sampling, at risk of dreaded brain freeze!
What else should I know before I go?
Note there are no public restrooms inside of the museum. While the museum is wheelchair accessible, there are no strollers permitted and there's no place to check them either. Those with food restrictions should keep in mind that there won't be any vegan, gluten-free, or other special kinds of diet-restricted ice cream available. For more info, visit museumoficecream.com.