2019,  California,  Family,  Musings,  San Francisco,  San Francisco Giants

Musings: We All Scream for (the SF Museum of ) ICE CREAM

I paid $45 for 250 photos.

Seriously, if you want colorful social media images OR you are a child, this place is probably for you. Anything else, you might want to go to a different “museum.”

mu·se·um (noun) – a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.


I heard a statistic that the Museum of Ice Cream was the most socially shared museum ever. Don’t quote me on that, but it struck me as odd. Then as I was discussing this stat with a good friend I remembered, from Italy, that all the larger, foreign historic museums don’t allow you to take pictures inside. So, duh, of course, this could be true. Also, phew. This made me sad for the state of our current affairs if this place was socially shared more than a historic museum. We didn’t think this was technically a museum, but by the definition, it can be classified, since this could easily be considered a cultural interest. However, nothing is really stored and exhibited, it’s all much more interactive. I’m not here to argue the merits of it being a museum, but it was definitely food for thought…

There really isn’t much to say about this place, that hasn’t already been said or shared, since it was introduced to San Francisco a year (or so) ago. I tried to get tickets from the very beginning before it even opened. Like tried really hard, even have one of my best friends use his AMEX to try to get early bird tickets. But I/we failed…and I was okay with it because I knew it would be crazy. Recently, they’ve done an upgrade to their San Francisco location, so I decided to look into tickets. And it was extremely easy to snag tickets on a weekend day, so POOF, here we are.

We lucked out and randomly chose a beautiful Saturday in the City. Lil and I hopped on Bart to get to the City for our 10:30 AM entrance slot. Neither of us wanted to drive and deal with parking, so we opted for the long, slow route. It’s always fun to pretend to be a faux-SF-city-dweller and use public transportation for a day. Just a day though 😉

My feed has been inundated with plenty of cute, colorful, and bright pictures from the SF Museum of Ice Cream. So, I somewhat knew what to expect. Although I hadn’t seen too much of the recent upgrade, so that made the trip a little more exciting. I was just happy to be there regardless. And as with most things, I like to experience it for myself without any preconceived notions or ideas about my experience.

Oh, and Lil and I ended up basically matching. HAHA! We didn’t really think about it until we were looking at all the pics we took. Since we chose to be spontaneous after our visit to the museum, we both dressed neutrally. But in reality, I think we all knew we were going to head to the Yard for the Giants v Rockies game…which is exactly what we ended up doing.

That being said, this is just going to be an image heavy post, because that’s really people go there, right?

So, if you’ve made it down to here, I’m glad you took that beautiful and colorful journey through Lil and I’s experience at the Museum of Ice cream.

People have asked me, “was it worth it?” My uneasy answer is ‘yes.’ I say uneasily because it really depends on what you want to get out of this experience. If you go in with minimal expectations for an actual museum, then I think you’ll love it. If you want interactive, then you’ll love it. If you want visual stimulation, you’ll love it. If you want to feel like a child, you’ll love it. Essentially, you’ll love it 😉

My three favorite things from the SF Museum of Ice Cream:

1. A SLIDE to enter the museum (stairs for those that aren’t about it)
2. All the vibrant colors
3. The leisure pace of wandering, picture taking, and enjoying the interactive rooms

If you’ve been, what were your three favorite things about your experience? $45 is kinda steep, especially with a family of four or more, but I highly suggest you make a day trip to the City out of your tickets. There are plenty of free things to do in and around San Francisco. Make your MOIC tickets your expense and enjoy all the other stuff San Francisco has to offer. I don’t think anyone, child or adult, would have a bad experience.

Do it for the ‘Gram…or your kids…you can’t leave without smiling!

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