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Pop-up Ice Cream Museum Coming to L.A. Arts District

Los Angeles ice cream museum to feature mock banana split.
Los Angeles ice cream museum to feature mock banana split.

In what is probably best described as a real-life re- imagining of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, the downtown Los Angeles Arts District will be getting a Museum of Ice Cream for one month, beginning April 22.

Operators announced Tuesday the Los Angeles pop-up location will be four times larger than the wildly popular New York installation, which sold an estimated 30,000 tickets in a matter of days, leading to a customer wait-list of more than 200,000 people hoping to explore the ice-cream-themed exhibits.

The New York installation featured ice-cream-inspired artworks, including a wall of waffle cones and -- the highlight of the exhibit -- a swimming pool filled with 100 million colorful "sprinkles." The Los Angeles location is also expected to include a mock banana split with 10,000 "bananas," along with a "melted Popsicle jungle" and a mint "grow house."

Of course, ice cream will also be available at the museum, featuring rotating offerings from creameries such as McConnell's, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus x Cuisinart and CREAM. Visitors will also be able to compete for prizes in the rainbow sherbert room and purchase ice-cream inspired gifts, such as custom sprinkles, ice-cream scoopers and even a ping pong table.

The museum at 2018 E. Seventh Place will only be open from April 22 to May 29, with tickets costing $29 for adults and $18 for children and seniors.

You can get more information at www.museumoficecream.com.

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