San Francisco's Museum of Ice Cream has a sprinkle pool and a Pop Rocks cave - here's what it's like

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San Francisco is holding onto summer at the new Museum of Ice Cream, a colorful Instagram paradise where visitors eat ice cream and snap selfies amidst shrines to the frozen treat.

The wildly popular pop-up exhibit sparked a social-media mania during its temporary runs in Los Angeles and New York earlier this year. San Francisco is the largest of the three exhibits and features a sprinkle pool, Pop Rocks cave, and a psychedelic rainbow room.

After selling out the first batch of tickets in 18 minutes, Museum of Ice Cream extended its run through February 2018 - but good luck getting tickets. Those also sold out lightning-fast. Scalpers on Craigslist are selling tickets, originally priced at $38, for as much as $135 a pop.

We got the chance to visit Museum of Ice Cream before opening. Take a look inside.

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Museum of Ice Cream is a Willy Wonka factory come to life that you won't want to leave.

Museum of Ice Cream is a Willy Wonka factory come to life that you won't want to leave.

If your sweet tooth still wants more, you can buy a scoop of ice cream for $4. We found room for the Piñata flavor, made with frosted Circus Animal Cookies. It was delicious.

If your sweet tooth still wants more, you can buy a scoop of ice cream for $4. We found room for the Piñata flavor, made with frosted Circus Animal Cookies. It was delicious.

The cherry on top, so to speak, is a trio of photo booths with colorful backdrops.

The cherry on top, so to speak, is a trio of photo booths with colorful backdrops.

Those are bubblegum-colored bananas hanging from the ceiling.

There are 100 million colored sprinkles made from plastic.

There are 100 million colored sprinkles made from plastic.

A hit at the New York and Los Angeles locations, the sprinkle pool returns in San Francisco.

A hit at the New York and Los Angeles locations, the sprinkle pool returns in San Francisco.

By the time we arrived in the Pop Rocks cave, our sugar high was stratospheric.

By the time we arrived in the Pop Rocks cave, our sugar high was stratospheric.

You can, however, treat yourself to a soft-serve cone dipped in sugary "unicorn milk."

You can, however, treat yourself to a soft-serve cone dipped in sugary "unicorn milk."

Photography might be allowed in this museum, but touching is not. We saw a museum employee politely ask a young woman to demount the unicorn in the rainbow room.

Photography might be allowed in this museum, but touching is not. We saw a museum employee politely ask a young woman to demount the unicorn in the rainbow room.

The pink AstroTurf looked torn from the backyard of the Barbie Dreamhouse.

The pink AstroTurf looked torn from the backyard of the Barbie Dreamhouse.

We half-expected the Lollipop Guild to pop out from behind these oversized candies.

We half-expected the Lollipop Guild to pop out from behind these oversized candies.

You can nibble on freshly-swirled, cherry-flavored cotton candy sprinkled with edible glitter.

You can nibble on freshly-swirled, cherry-flavored cotton candy sprinkled with edible glitter.

Here's another one.

Here's another one.

An opportunity for a new profile picture presented itself around every corner.

An opportunity for a new profile picture presented itself around every corner.

We were treated to bite-sized treats from My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. Beware of brain freeze!

We were treated to bite-sized treats from My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. Beware of brain freeze!

In the next room, refrigerator magnets let you write a message or an ode to ice cream.

In the next room, refrigerator magnets let you write a message or an ode to ice cream.

We indulged in miniature sundaes, made with ginger snap ice cream, savory sweet ginger crumble, and strawberry-basil sauce — provided by San Francisco's Bi-Rite Creamery.

We indulged in miniature sundaes, made with ginger snap ice cream, savory sweet ginger crumble, and strawberry-basil sauce — provided by San Francisco's Bi-Rite Creamery.

Each month, a different ice cream shop creates original flavors for the Museum of Ice Cream.

Follow your nose into a sweet-smelling, old-fashioned soda fountain shop.

Follow your nose into a sweet-smelling, old-fashioned soda fountain shop.

We played a brief — and unsuccessful — game of whipped-cream can ring toss.

We played a brief — and unsuccessful — game of whipped-cream can ring toss.

The experience kicks off with a photo opportunity. This machine takes a quick video of you against a bubblegum-colored backdrop and sends it to your email address.

The experience kicks off with a photo opportunity. This machine takes a quick video of you against a bubblegum-colored backdrop and sends it to your email address.

Seriously, it's a lot of pink.

Seriously, it's a lot of pink.

The team gave it a candy-coated makeover from the ground up.

The team gave it a candy-coated makeover from the ground up.

The new Museum of Ice Cream is located inside an iconic old bank on Grant Avenue.

The new Museum of Ice Cream is located inside an iconic old bank on Grant Avenue.
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