The ball pit at McDonald’s can go fade into history now. Once we’ve had the chance to dive into a pool of huge sprinkles, we don’t think we’ll ever be able to go back. Such is the promise of the Museum of Ice Cream, a pop up museum that will be open in the Meatpacking District of New York City this summer.
The giant sprinkles won’t be edible, but this museum should still be a treat for the taste buds. Besides the expected museum stuff like historical information and art installations (all works will be ice cream-themed), the Museum of Ice Cream will showcase some of New York’s finest ice cream shops, like Black Tap and Oddfellows. They’re also bringing in a food scientist by the name of Irwin Adam to create custom flavors just for the museum. We’re guessing scoops will cost extra, but ice cream tastings will be included in the cost of admission.
Museum founders Maryellis Bunn and Manish Vora must also recognize ice cream’s role in the formation of long-lasting relationships, because they’ve also gotten Tinder on board. There will be a sort of Tinderland within the museum, where patrons can be matched with their ideal flavor (had to know that was coming) or ride with dates on an ice cream scoop seesaw or an ice cream sandwich swing. In fact, Bunn and Vora are so serious about making the museum a date destination that they’re selling tickets in twos to couples at a discount.
The Museum of Ice Cream will open at 100 Gansevoort Street on July 29, but its time in New York City will, like ice cream, be short and sweet. It’ll close up shop on August 31, although it’s possible that the museum will go on the road afterwards. Tickets will cost $18 per person, or $30 for couples. Kids and seniors can get in for $12. It’ll be open every day but Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, except Sundays, when the museum will close at 8:00 PM. Until July 29 rolls around, they have a pretty mean Instagram game you should check out to get hyped.