It’s every kids’ dream come true. Though the adults seem to be enjoying it just as much. Just take a look at Instagram and you’ll see what we mean. It’s an entire museum dedicated to ice cream. That’s right. Ice cream. Milkshakes and sprinkles and mochi and coconuts and palm trees. (Well, those last two are because we’re talking about Miami obviously.) On view in Miami Beach’s Faena District through April 29, Museum of Ice Cream, which started in New York and expanded into Los Angeles and San Francisco before heading to sunny South Florida, is an immersive experience dreamed up by Founder and Creative Director Maryellis Bunn. Housed in a four-story building designed by OMA, the experiential exhibition engages all of the senses and celebrates the notion of community and human connection through a series of rooms dedicated to everyone’s favorite frozen treat. Weave in and out of life-sized soft-serve cones and under hanging popsicles and through a swimming pool filled to the brim with 100 million (!) colored sprinkles (they’re plastic—don’t try to eat them), all set against a vibrant backdrop of neon pinks, reds, turquoise, orange and yellow. And all along the way, visitors can indulge in delectable sweets. Think chocolate milkshakes, a full-on candy bar, chocolate-covered bananas, key lime-flavored ice cream…they’ve even packaged melted ice cream for your drinking pleasure. Genius!
And it’s not just about fantasy and whimsy—the Museum of Ice Cream has provided jobs for more than 100 local residents and hosted a special day of fun where proceeds benefitted Style Saves, a nonprofit organization that merges fashion with philanthropy in an effort to give kids the tools and materials they need to succeed in school. The Museum of Ice Cream keeps getting sweeter and sweeter! If these photos whet your appetite, you’ll want to get your tickets online in advance (they’re not available at the door). They’re $38 and include yummy tastings inside. Follow them along on Instagram and subscribe to their newsletter to find out where the next museum will set up shop.
If your sweet tooth still hasn’t been satisfied, here are a few places not too far away where you can get even more delish desserts:
Azucar Ice Cream Company, Little Havana
Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Miami
Mr. Bing, Lincoln Road
Häagen-Dazs, Hallandale Beach
Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant, Dania Beach
Images by Katie Gibbs / Courtesy Museum of Ice Cream