Museum of Ice Cream (SF)
Founded by Maryellis Bunn, Museum of Ice Cream took social media by storm. It started in New York in July 2016, and it has reached Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. Museum of Ice Cream is an interactive exhibit that is an Instagrammer's heaven, complete with pretty pink walls, free ice cream, and a pool full of fake sprinkles.
Contrary to the name, Museum of Ice Cream isn’t only about the sweet treat. As visitors wander through the museum’s multiple rooms, they can also see anything from a unicorn and a room with plastic gummy bears to a banana swing and dangling clouds.
I read a few articles about the founder and became fascinated with her vision and future goals of the museum; I'll touch on this at the end!
I went with some college friends on January 13th and we had a great time! It was pretty pricey unfortunately (we paid $44.50 per person, which includes processing fees online), but it was worth going once.
Groups of people (roughly 20-30) were let in at a time, and those people became one big group. We had to come up with a group name and designate a group leader. A few people seemed to think it was lame, but we rolled with it and called ourselves "Awesome Banana Splitters." We started to go through the museum as a unit, but as we progressed through the rooms, everyone became dispersed.
There were lots of details on the walls and the floor. Some of the walls had cool facts about ice cream, but many people (myself included, I'll admit) didn't pay them much attention due to the other attractions.
Workers passed out free food at certain points, including ice cream, cotton candy, and mochi ice cream! I read on Yelp that many people thought the food was too sweet. The cotton candy was a bit sweet to me but everything else tasted good.
Cascada's rendition of "Everytime We Touch" played on the jukebox before we left this room. I've never seen so many people look up in delight and nostalgia!
The museum is a portrait photographer's paradise, too! I didn't have an official model unfortunately, but I still had a great time taking pictures of my friends and the surroundings.
At last, the sprinkle pool! This is the only exhibit that has a time limit (5 minutes) due to its high demand. After leaving the museum, you'll be sure to find some sprinkles falling out of your clothing.
Though it’s all fun and games, it also has an environmental impact. The museum has already been fined for the dangers that the plastic sprinkles pose for the environment as they slip into storm drains and litter sidewalks.
I came across this article about Maryellis Bunn, the museum's founder. It's crazy to think that this museum could take over the world - she wants to open 180 of these museums. She also wants to be the next Disney. I loved her words at the end: “I could take all of those different installations that we just went through, and I could build them out into city blocks. It would be my Heaven. Could you imagine?”
What a sight that would be! I know I would be there to photograph it. :)