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Swim in a pool of rainbow sprinkles this summer at the Museum of Ice Cream

Ants on a log sorbet sugar cone at Oddfellows
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

I scream, you scream, we all scream for...an ice cream scooper see-saw?

A near-daily dose of sweet, cooling ice cream is a necessity during summer-set New York where, like today, temperatures regularly climb into the 90s and the humidity reaches frizz-amplifying levels. We've always known that the frozen dessert is delicious to eat, but this summer, a pop-up museum in the Meatpacking District is out to show that there are more ways to enjoy to ice cream than simply licking a simple scoop-topped cone. 

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Opening on Gansevoort Street, just a stone's throw from the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Ice Cream will welcome ice cream-obsessed visitors from July 29 through August 31. The whimsical, interactive exhibit will feature a host of zany attractions: edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room, that ice cream scooper see-saw and, yes, the aforementioned pool of rainbow "sprinkles" (not real edible ones, but a gal can pretend).

Perhaps the most appealing feature will be the Future Food Studio, where visitors can enjoy a custom ice-cream tasting led by "food futurist" and scientist Dr. Irwin Adam. Plenty more sampling opportunities come courtesy of "Scoop of the Week" tastings provided by NYC ice cream superstars including OddFellows, Black Tap and more.

To purchase tickets, head to the museum's website, and mark your calendar for opening day on the 29th: between 11 am and 3 pm, admission—and ice cream—is free. 

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