Picture this. You’re standing on a diving board. Below you is a giant swimming pool, filled with faux colorful “sprinkles.” You perch, take a deep breath and then … you dive into your childhood daydreams.
It’s going to be possible at the Museum of Ice Cream, an interactive museum/art gallery/tasting space opening for one month this summer in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. This ode to all things ice cream is like nothing you’ve ever seen or tasted before, or probably ever will again.
In addition to that aforementioned, life-size swimming pool of sprinkles (no bathing suit required), there’s no shortage of quirky absurdity.
“The Museum of Ice Cream is all about our shared love of ice cream, summer, and one another,” offers the founder, CEO, and executive and creative director, Maryellis Bunn.
The museum invites guests to bite edible balloons, stroll through a chocolate room, or peruse hundreds of custom art pieces by 20 renowned artists. There are plenty of ice creams to try from participating New York creameries like OddFellows Ice Cream Co. and Scoop, as well as a resident Ice Cream scientist: Dr. Irwin Adam, founder of Future Food Studio.
“He is creating our exclusive, one-of-a-kind ice cream,” says Bunn, “which all visitors will have the opportunity to taste.”
A partnership with the online dating app Tinder adds a lightly coquettish spin to the revelry, by way of a space called TinderLand that will potentially appeal to adults as much as children.
“Guests arrive in TinderLand to discover their true flavor match, and enjoy their ice cream towards the end of the experience,” Bunn says.
Maybe you'll make a love connection, or maybe you won’t. Either way, your wild ride ends with an actual ride aboard the massive ice-cream-themed seesaw made of scoops and the giant swing built of ice cream sandwiches. The Museum of Ice Cream is only open July 29th – August 31st, every day of the week except Tuesdays.
Tickets are already on sale, starting at $18/person. But if you get there between 11 AM and 3 PM on opening day (Friday, July 29th), you'll get free admission and ice cream.
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