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LA's Museum of Ice Cream: Where you'll get your next great selfie

by Leo Duran and Maya Sugarman | Take Two

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Take Two's Leo Duran holds an ice cream sandwich made of two pancakes during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

It's not really a museum – the Museum of Ice Cream is better described as a colorful burst of an art installation where you're surrounded by treats and photo ops.

Artist Abel Bentin of Peru has an installation at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29.
Artist Abel Bentin of Peru has an installation at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
 
A waffle cone wall lines the entrance to the mint chip room during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29.
A waffle cone wall lines the entrance to the mint chip room during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

It comes to L.A. by way of a popular New York run last summer.

Maryellis Bunn founded the museum because she wanted to create a passion project.

"What do I love? What am I passionate about?" she remembers brainstorming, "and I was eating ice cream and it was, like, I love ice cream."

From there, it was as simple as vanilla.

Take Two's Leo Duran takes a selfie in the mint chip room during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29.
Take Two's Leo Duran takes a selfie in the mint chip room during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Once inside, your admission comes with around six different ice cream and treat samples that come mostly from local shops like McConnell's and CoolHaus.

Meanwhile the art installations were created by artists from around the world.

An installation by artist Keith Magruder, also known as the Baker’s Son, is on display during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Magruder  is based in Oakland and Los Angeles.
An installation by artist Keith Magruder, also known as the Baker’s Son, is on display during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Magruder is based in Oakland and Los Angeles. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

The major highlight is a mini-pool filled with rainbow sprinkles where you can dive in.

They aren't edible, but they are made of antimicrobial plastic in case you wondered about germs.

A sprinkle pool filled with self-cleaning plastic sprinkles is on display during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29.
A sprinkle pool filled with self-cleaning plastic sprinkles is on display during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
 
KPCC's Maya Sugarman "wades" into the pool of rainbow sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles.
KPCC's Maya Sugarman "wades" into the pool of rainbow sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Leo Duran/KPCC

Another gem comes early in the tour with an iridescent banana-print wallpaper that's scratch and sniff.

KPCC's Leo Duran (l) and Maya Sugarman take a pic on swings at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles.
KPCC's Leo Duran (l) and Maya Sugarman take a pic on swings at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

When you go, make sure your phone is completely charged: you'll want to Instagram and Snapchat the whole experience.

And remember to not eat too much beforehand because you need to save room for all the ice cream you'll try.

Sharon Pearlman, a museum ambassador, serves McConnell's ice dream during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29.
Sharon Pearlman, a museum ambassador, serves McConnell's ice dream during a press preview at the Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The museum is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Museum of Ice Cream
Where: 2018 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles
When: April 22 – May 29
Hours: Wednesdays – Monday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (closed Tuesdays)
Price: $29 adults, children and seniors $18 (must be purchased online ahead of time)

The Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District is open from April 22 through May 29.
The Museum of Ice Cream in the Arts District is open from April 22 through May 29. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

 

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