Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco's Museum of Ice Cream
The Museum of Ice Cream has now become a permanent fixture here in San Francisco and it's the only such museum in the world, having outlasted its sister locations in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
About the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream
MOIC was founded by Mary Ellis Bunn and Manish Vora, who decided that New York had run out of new things to do and nothing would connect millennials with an experiential art project more than an ice cream-themed event.
The first Museum of Ice Cream took place from July to August 2016 in a 5,000-square-foot space in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. It sold out in three days after the initial press release was sent out. Smelling the sweet aroma of success, the dynamic duo behind the Museum of Ice Cream next set their sights on Los Angeles.
Tickets are $38 per person (all ages). Entrance does, of course, include lots of samples of ice cream and other fantastic creations. Tickets to the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream will not be available at the door, so go online to buy them as early as possible.
What to Expect at the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream
The favorite and most photographed exhibit, the sprinkle pool, is here, but there are also additional rooms and delights. The museum's artistically re-imagined installations showcase many of our sweet tooth’s favorite treats on an epic scale and in full immersive style.
Previous MOIC pop-ups have included giant Popsicle palettes, a rainbow-colored celebration of Gummy Bears, and an interactive gallery of suspended bananas.
Make sure to check out Cafe1905C, located at the entrance and free to the public during open hours. Named after MOIC's famous pink pantone, Cafe1905C serves up tasty treats like a selection of in-house ice cream flavors and unique MOIC-themed savory items and drinks. Click here for more information.
Relive the adventure of summer camp as a kid, July 4-Sept. 30, 2019. Meet camp counselors, make ice cream s'mores, and earn sprinkle scout badges at Museum of Ice Cream's newest experience, "Summer Camp".
Then get ready for a "Nightmare before Pinkmas", open Oct. 4 - Nov. 2, 2019, where ghost-icles roam, bewitched by spook-tacular delights. Visit in costume and let your creativity run wild for the ultimate trick-or-treat experience.
With rotating seasonal installations, there is always a reason to come back and visit. Keep an eye (and a tastebud) out for new experiences at museumoficecream.com.
How to Get to the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream
Located blocks from Union Square and right off of Market St., the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream is easy to get to on foot from any point in downtown San Francisco, especially since it's just steps from both the Powell St. and Montgomery St. BART and Muni stations. Street parking is tight in the area but there are several hourly garages within a block or two of the museum.
Attractions Near the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream
- Union Square – Shopping is a serious sport in the Union Square area, home to high-end department stores and boutiques, as well as tourist-friendly souvenir shops. The plaza itself is an urban oasis that hosts events – everything from live music to movies – and is a prime people-watching spot any time of the day or week. This is also the city’s theater district, with San Francisco institutions like the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and the Curran.
- Chinatown – Just four blocks up Grant Ave. from the Museum of Ice Cream lies the Dragon Gate, the entrance to San Francisco’s legendary Chinatown. From dim sum samples and tea tastings to shopping for jade artifacts and herbal remedies, Chinatown is an endless adventure that simply should not be missed by visitors to San Francisco.
- SoMa – The largest concentration of art and museums on the West Coast await visitors just across Market St. from the Museum of Ice Cream. From the world-class San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) to smaller but culturally unique institutions like the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, this area is a museum mecca. Don’t forget to stop by Yerba Buena Gardens, downtown San Francisco’s most lush and relaxing green space and host to the city’s top summer free concert and performance series.