Strawberry Hues, Jimmies & Waffle Cones: Peek Inside LA’s Museum of Ice Cream

The swirly NYC phenom lands in the Arts District, for five weeks only.

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Alysia Gray Painter
The Museum of Ice Cream, a NYC-born art-whimsical experience, debuts at 2018 7th Place in the Arts District on Saturday, April 22.
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The Museum of Ice Cream, a NYC-born art-whimsical experience, debuts at 2018 7th Place in the Arts District on Saturday, April 22. It's open through Monday, May 29, and tickets are a must.
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Alysia Gray Painter
The room-by-room whimsy-tacular brims with hues, though pink has a starring role. Who's on the phone as you enter the museum? A helpful person. Pause and listen if you'd like an intro to the experience.
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A number of on-the-ground stars, with plays on famous names, greet visitors early on at the Museum of Ice Cream.
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What if the real trees of Los Angeles had waffle cone bark? Ponder that as you enjoy your first (real) ice cream treat, just a couple of rooms along.
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A dream room of hanging bananas, both yellow and pink, provide numerous banana-adjacent, behind-the-bananas photo opportunities.
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The Museum of Ice Cream pop-up in the Arts District features a banana forest on Friday, April 21, 2017.
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The room where mint chocolate ice cream starts is an honest-to-yumness nursery-style grow room. Can you smell the popular ice cream by smelling the plants?
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Several over-sized on-the-stick treats form a fantastical forest of frosty treats. Don't lick 'em, though.
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Popsicles form the fantastic forest of frozen treats.
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Have your whipped cream, and cherry on the top, every time you don these platforms.
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A dramatic piece by artist Abel Bentin follows the gummy bear room (where real gummies are there for the noshing).
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The dramatic piece by artist Abel Bentin features ice cream cones.
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Step in, gingerly, like you would into a cool shallow end, and enjoy the sensation of sprinkles swallowing up your feet, ankles, and calves. May you sit in it? Oh, you may. Are the sprinkles edible? They are not. They're made of a very colorful anti-macrobial plastic.
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That's right, it features a sprinkle pool.
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The final room delivers one last mystery treat. As you devour it, this bench'll provide a place to sit.
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If melty benches aren't your jam, try the nearby Neapolitan swing.
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Table tennis, bearing the museum's dominant hue, awaits near the close of the experience.
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After you've departed the Museum of Ice Cream, which closes in LA on Monday, May 29, how will you continue to show the world your allegiance to icy desserts? There are ice cream tattoos for purchase, before you depart the Arts District pop-up.
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