This museum dedicated to ice cream is so popular it’s sold out for the next month — here’s what it’s like inside

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Dive into the pool of sprinkles.
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There’s no better way to escape the summer heat than with AC and an ice cream cone.

The Museum of Ice Cream in New York City’s Meatpacking District combines the two in a space devoted solely to the sweet treat. Inside you’ll find a giant pool of sprinkles, a chocolate fountain, and ice cream samples.

That is, if you can get inside.

MOIC’s prime location (across from the Whitney Museum of American Art) and colorful Instagram photo opportunities have people swarming for tickets. In fact, the museum has already sold out tickets for the entire month of August. According to Thomas Reidy, the head of tech at MOIC, that’s 33,000 tickets sold.

Don’t worry, though – there’s still a chance to check out the tribute to frozen dairy. You can sign up to receive email updates on tickets, which can be purchased for $18 if available. The museum is a pop-up spot, so it’s only scheduled for a month-long run, ending August 31st.

Reidy describes the museum as an ideal date night spot. But if you aren’t able to score tickets, we have the inside scoop of what it has to offer.


When I arrived, the line was already out the door.

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And based on the amount of tickets they’ve already sold, I don’t think it will be shrinking anytime soon.

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Inside, a neon sign welcomes guests.

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MOIC rotates through a variety of ice cream flavors, but this week’s flavor is from the new Kellogg’s NYC café. It’s made with vanilla Blue Marble ice cream, passion fruit jam, fruit loops, marshmallows, and lime zest.

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There are ice cream-inspired art pieces displayed on the walls— this is a museum after all. This piece by PJ Linden is called “Sundae Stag.”

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Here’s another unique (and delicious-looking) piece of ice cream art. Anna Barlow did this piece called “Look It’s So You.”

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Continuing along, you’ll find edible balloons in a cone-themed room.

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Before.

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And after. Although the balloon is edible, it was a little too sugary and sticky for my liking.

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Everything was ice cream-related, including the lighting.

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In the “scoop room” you can learn some interesting facts about ice cream.

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And you can add your own scoop to this giant sundae.

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Look at (but don’t eat) all of this ice cream. The ice cream is made with special enzymes that delay the melting process. While this sundae may look pretty, it’s not intended for consumption.

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Be sure to take in all of the details.

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Time for the chocolate chamber.

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Flowing chocolate is projected on the walls while the “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” theme song plays in the background.

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Chocolate smokestacks are stationed around the room. There’s a giant bean bag to lay down on while the chocolate sounds and smells surround you.

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Of course, there’s a chocolate fountain. Watch out though, it’s a little messy.

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Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for — the sprinkle pool. The pool is three feet deep and contains 11,000 pounds of plastic sprinkles.

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Although they aren’t real sprinkles, these plastic ones are close enough. They reminded me of the plastic iron fuse beads I had growing up.

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Step off the diving board or float in the pool. There’s a mirror above for easy photo-taking opportunities.

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Pool party anyone?

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Refuel with assorted sweets from Dylan’s Candy Bar.

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It’s easy to feel like a kid in a candy store here.

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This exhibit is sure to trick your taste buds.

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First you suck on a little “miracle berry,” or Synsepalum ducificum candy. This berry binds the sweet receptors on your tongue, which makes sour foods taste sweet.

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Grab one of these ice cream cones and the lemon will taste like a lemon, but without the tart and bitterness. It was such a bizarre experience — the lemon tasted sweet and like a lemon at the same time.

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As you enjoy your cone, take a look at the assorted ice cream gallery on the wall.

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Swipe right or left on 10 unique ice cream flavors.

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Turn the corner and you’ll see a giant scooper see-saw.

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Round off your museum tour with a perfect photo opportunity on the ice cream sandwich swing.

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