Posts in this series
- The Met Breuer from an Amateur Art Aficianado
- Happy Birthday to the Whitney Museum of American Art!
- Museum of Ice Cream: Sneak Peak!
Earlier this summer a friend sent me a link to the pop up Museum of Ice Cream. I knew instantly that it would be a hit, and insisted we order tickets right away! My intuition was correct, just a few weeks later I invited other friends to join us, but when they went to buy their tickets, the event was already sold out. When I visited just after the first week of being opened, the wait list for tickets was over 70,000 people! I had the chance to speak with co-founder, Mary Ellis Bunn, and she said because so much of the exhibit is edible, it was only built to last 4 weeks. She’s contemplating a traveling exhibit or potentially finding a new space. So humble, she never thought this idea would take off. Boy was she wrong!
So what exactly did you miss if you weren’t amongst the lucky few to get tickets to this pop up museum?
A party isn’t really a party without a photo booth, and video photo booths are all the rage these days. If only we knew about that interesting ice cream cone hang thing across one side of the screen. Oops!
Ice Cream Samples
Instead of a traditional ticket, or a sticker like you would receive at many museums, you are granted an ice cream as you enter this museum. Each week the type of ice cream changes, but we had a delicious vanilla covered with cereal, taking us back to our childhood.
The first stop in the museum was a colorful room decorated with ice cream cones and a machine to make edible balloons, filled with helium! So if you popped it just right, you could have ended up with a squeaky voice. That didn’t quite happen for me, but it was fun nonetheless!
World’s Largest Collaborative Ie Cream Sundae
The miracle berry, also known as synsepalum dulcificum, tis found on a plant and can change sour foods to sweet. As you enter the room, you are handed one of these miracle berries, and then ice cream cones magically appear at filling stations with lemons. You can grab an ice cream and explore this trippy taste sensation.
And last but not least, you have to take a turn on the Museum of Ice Cream playground before leaving. There’s an ice cream scoop shaped seesaw (not easy to maneuver in a dress, but doable) and a swing in the shape of an ice cream bar.
The Museum of Ice Cream is located directly across the street from the Whitney Museum at 100 Gansevoort Street. Tickets are sold out for the current exhibit, but join the mailing list to learn about new ticket releases or other events relating to the museum. If you have a ticket for later this month, be prepared to wait in the line. Even if you have a ticket, they only let in groups of 8 every five minutes or so. I waited in line about an hour. Luckily they treat their patrons well showering you with candies, bottles of water, and ice cream samples, so the wait isn’t all that bad! But bottom line, it’s an instagrammer’s paradise!