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As many of you know, over the years I've really been trying to focus on making memories over cherishing things. So myself, my sister, my family & some of my friends have indulged in going to concerts, taking classes & just having more adventures! To continue that trend, a group of friends & myself have done two magical museum tours: the Ice Cream Museum & the Chocolate Museum. Today, I'm going to talk a little bit about both of these!
Ice Cream Museum
The Ice Cream Museum came to NYC last summer as a popup museum & we were some of the lucky people who were able to snag tickets before they were sold out! This was a guided tour & I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it because normally I like to do my own thing- but I was beyond glad it was setup the way it was!
Right off the bat we were given some ice cream to try while we were waiting for the next room. In each room, we had a different person telling us a different piece of ice cream history & then we either ate something or did some sort of activity.
For example: we ate sugar bubbled filled with helium, swam in the sprinkle pool, took a pill that changed our taste receptors from sour to sweet (we then proved this worked by eating a lemon), we ate more ice cream and then we got to play on a mini ice cream playground!
Pros: We ate ice cream! I felt like we learned a lot of fun stuff, we played with chocolate in a room that smelt like chocolate and felt free to be extra silly!
Cons: Because it was a guided tour, it was pretty quick- we were in and out in under 45 minutes. I would have liked to be in there longer. It would have been nice too to get more ice cream (because you can never have enough!
Overall: If this popup museum comes to you- GO!
IWhat I was excited about was that this wasn't going to be a guided tour & that there would be chocolate involved. When we watched the promo video we saw people drinking chocolate, making their own mini chocolate bars & so much more! We went in there with pretty high expectations.
We had to book a time frame & we were there about 45 minutes early for our appointment. But the layout was a little odd- we had to skip through any of the museum stuff to get to the first "demo" which was a hot chocolate demo. It was pretty cool to learn about how hot chocolate was made before there was Swiss Mix. But that was the whole "drinking chocolate" part of the museum (which was not the same as the video) so we were a little bummed.
Then we had to pop over the second demo at the end of the museum for the bon bon making aka the mini chocolate bars. However, we didn't get to participate- we just got to watch & eat a piece. After the demo we had to back track to the beginning to then learn anything chocolate related.
Pros: We were free to do what we wanted so we made the most of our time. We got to shop at the chocolate store connected to the museum so we definitely got some great goodies.
Cons: It was a little underwhelming & not quite what the promo video promises.
Overall: I wouldn't go out of my way to go here, but if you were already close by and wanted something to do for a half hour, I'd say why not?
I have to say though, we had a great day at both of these spots! When you go with people who are fun & open to whatever comes your way then you really can't go wrong! I'm glad we got to experience both of these & I am pumped for whatever food museums come next!
Have you been to either of these museums? What about another food museum? Comment below with some of your favorite experiences!
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