Museum of Ice Cream in New York City
In August of 2016, as (1) temperatures soar and residents sweat through the
final, humid days of summer, New York City was treated to a supersized
respite from the seasonal heat: the Museum of Ice Cream. This (2) pop-up
museum opened for one month only in the city’s Meatpacking District, and
eager culture enthusiasts flocked in droves to celebrate the past, present,
and future of a classic American dessert.
(3) Created by, Manhattanites Maryellis Bunn, and
Manish Vora, and sponsored by companies including Dove, Fox,
and Tinder, the Museum aimed to enliven the (4) dog day’s of summer
by reminding visitors of the magical pleasure of a cold ice cream cone
on a hot, sticky day. Its curators conceived of the museum as an interactive,
rather than strictly informative, space, where
(5) visitors would see, touch, and tasted exhibits intended to
evoke a sense of childlike wonderment.
Visitors to the Museum of Ice Cream paid $18 per half hour
tour of the (6) establishment, for the pleasure of this immersive
experience. And pay they did: tickets for the entirety of the museum’s
one-month sojourn sold out within just five days.
(7) What did these people find upon crossing the museum’s threshold?
First, they were greeted upon arrival with a cup of ice cream
provided by a rotating array of New York’s finest eateries, and
embellished with (8) a varied assortment of toppings
including Fruit Loops, orange syrup, and agave nectar.
Having partaken of this treat, visitors were then free to roam
through the remaining five rooms of the museum’s 3,000 square foot space
at (9) they’re leisure. [A] In one room, visitors could consume delicate,
edible sugar balloons inflated with helium. [B] In another, they were
offered a glycoprotein pill that temporarily affected taste-buds, causing
sour slices of lemon to taste as sweet as candy. [C] The museum also
employed a so-called “food futurist,” Dr. Irwin Adam, to create a
unique and innovative signature ice cream flavor [D] that guests were
invited to enjoy before tromping back out into the oppressive August heat.
The museum boasted further exhibits including a chocolate room, a
“collaborative sundae” composed of hundreds of scoops of “ice
cream” that appeared miraculously not to melt at room temperature, and a
sprinkle pool. This shallow pool, one of the museum’s most highly
publicized attractions, was filled with brightly-colored plastic beads
intended to resemble sprinkles, and (11) guests was encouraged to wade in
and pose with neon pink beach balls while friends snapped commemorative
Although the Museum of Ice Cream closed (12) it’s doors
for the final time on August 31st, it lives on across social media
platforms like Instagram, where tens of thousands of photographs of its
playful exhibits—and the (13) happy joy they sparked in its
visitors—can still be found. (14) (15)
Created for Albert.io. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.
Suppose the writer’s primary purpose had been to introduce the reader to various non-traditional museums throughout the city. Would this essay accomplish this goal?