The Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles opened it’s doors in May 2017, and has been so popular that it’s been extended throughout the summer. We were lucky to get our hands on tickets to this awesome museum, so we want to share some of our highlights.
Highlights from the Museum of Ice Cream
1. Ice cream!:
We were a bit unsure whether we would get to sample any ice cream at the museum. Luckily, there were plenty of free samples offered throughout the exhibits. Each tasting featured a flavor that corresponded to the theme of the room or exhibit, and were from some of the local ice cream makers. Our personal favorites were the Cool Haus Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip Mochi, and Pink Pancake Ice Cream Sandwich. All were delicious and very unique!
2. Sprinkles Pool:
This was our favorite room and is the one getting a huge amount of publicity on social media. We were taken into a waiting area and asked to remove shoes and bags. Once our group was ready, we jumped right into the pool which was filled with almost 100 million synthetic rainbow sprinkles. This is every ice-cream lovers’ dream come true.
3. Banana Split room:
This room was filled with hundreds of hanging bright pink and yellow bananas, which made for more great photo opportunities. There were even a couple of banana swings which added to the fun ambiance.
4. Mochi Garden:
This room was modeled like a greenhouse. There were rows of fresh mint growing in chocolate spiked soil and a museum helper handing out delicious chocolate-mint mochi.
5. Artwork (Black Ice Cream Cones / Giant Ice Pops):
There were ten exhibits to explore at the museum. This included one by Abel Benton featuring black ice cream cones plastered against a white wall and another with melting giant popsicles by an artist know as Baker’s Son. The museum was packed full of interesting ice cream themed exhibits and artwork!
Tips for visiting the Museum of Ice Cream
If you are planning on taking a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream, here are our top tips:
1. Reserve your booking well in advance:
The Los Angeles location sold out within hours of tickets being released. We recommend keeping an eye out for ticket releases by signing up for the museum’s newsletter and following them on social media. Tickets were not available at the door, so you’ll get turned away without one. As of the date of this post, the Los Angeles location is sold out until October 2017, and the New York location is closed for the season. By signing up for the newsletter, you’ll be the first to hear about new tickets going on sale. NOTE: We’ve heard that they’re expanding to new cities – including Miami and San Francisco – so may even come to a city near you!).
2. Arrive early and remember your ID:
It’s recommended that you arrive 20 minutes before the time on your ticket. There is a nice waiting area with ice cream themed games, so the time passes quickly. One person’s ID needs to match the name on the tickets, so be sure to bring a form of ID. We presented our tickets on our phone, you don’t have to bring a printed one.
3. Don’t pay for parking:
We were able to find street parking really easily, within a block of the museum. You can’t miss the museum when arriving, look out for the bright pink building!
4. Bring your camera:
Photography is welcomed at the Museum and they encouraged social media sharing. With so many colors and interesting exhibits, the museum is filled with so many photo opportunities! It took us about 45 minutes to get through the museum, and were able to take the exhibits at our own pace. It wasn’t too crowded either. They do a great job of phasing people into the museum.
5. Bring the kids:
Kids under three are free and children under 12 get in for a discounted price of $18 (compared to the full adult price of $29). Keep in mind that strollers can’t be taken into the museum, and unfortunately, there is no dedicated stroller space to store them outside.
We’ve posted links for the Museum of Ice Cream’s social media sites. Sign-up for their newsletter to find out more about openings in new locations. Hopefully they will visit a city near you in the future!
If you have any questions, comments, or additional tips, please leave them in the comment section below. Also, check out our MONA Neon Cruise review for another recommended LA-specific tour!