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Museum of Ice Cream extends Miami Beach run for final time to April 29

Johnny Diaz
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Museum of Ice Cream, which opened to sweet fanfare in December, has extended its run for a final time, and will now close April 29.

Tickets for the emporium of cool treats will cost $38, as always, and go on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, for dates ranging March 2 through April 29. The museum previously said it would close Feb. 26.

The four-story pop-up museum at 3400 Collins Avenue in the Faena District celebrates all things frozen treats, with candy-colored rooms decorated with bananas, gummy bears and giant pink bonbons.

The most popular draw has been the sprinkle pool, a mini-swimming pool topped with 100 million plastic dots. Visitors have been known to jump in and snap selfies.

But the sprinkles became an issue after the city of Miami Beach fined the museum for causing “an environmental hazard” when the dots began to pop up on nearby sidewalks and streets.

In December, the city’s Code Compliance department issued a courtesy notice and two sanitation violations. The first violation carried a $1,000 fine and the second, which was issued Jan. 3, carried a $2,000 fine.

A museum spokeswoman said the issue with the sprinkles has been resolved. Melissa Berthier, a city spokeswoman, said the museum “moved the pool to the beginning of the experience, allowing any runaway sprinkles to fall inside their event space.” Berthier also noted that the museum was using “backpack vacuums to assist in cleaning up.”

She said the city hasn’t had any further complaints.

Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber and Bill Talbert, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, visited the museum Monday morning for the announcement of the extension. They also played in the sprinkle pool.

“Miami Beach certainly seems to have an appetite for ice cream,” Gelber said in a news release, “and I was thrilled to hear that Museum of Ice Cream has decided to extend their stay in our City, for visitors and residents alike to enjoy the sweet life.”

With the news of the extension, the Miami Beach museum will have welcomed over 100,000 visitors since opening in December, according to the museum.

Open Wednesdays through Mondays, entry costs $38 per person. Children under the age of three get in free.

For more information, visit museumoficecream.com.

Staff writer Phillip Valys contributed to this report.

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