Museum of Ice Cream pops up

Ice cream 3.0 in San Francisco open for a limited time

My earliest memories of ice cream are of the Good Humor truck ringing their bells as they slowly drove through my Midwestern neighborhood. The truck would pass street after street with bells ringing to signal their arrival to the kids. We would run to the truck after grabbing some money to pay for our treats.

The ice cream was always welcome on hot summer days and the Good Humor ice cream truck was always a big deal. I remember it as if it took place yesterday.


San Francisco does not strike me as a big ice cream town. It’s just not hot here very often and I crave ice cream the most on a refreshingly hot day. But, that does not mean that I don’t long for ice cream in San Francisco, because I do.

In my mind, there are three iconic names associated with ice cream in San Francisco: Mitchell’s on San Jose Avenue, Swensen’s on Russian Hill and Polly Ann in the Outer Sunset. They all remind me of long-established ice cream shops in town that never fall out of flavor.

Swensen’s opened at the corner of Union and Hyde streets in 1948 and is cash only. Mitchell’s has been serving frozen treats since 1953 and Polly Ann Ice Cream has been in business for nearly 55 years.

These days in San Francisco we now have hip ice cream shops such as Bi-Rite Creamery on either at 18th St. or Divisadero St., Humphry Slocombe in the food-centric Ferry Building and Smitten Ice cream in Hayes Valley.


Ice cream 3.0 leads us to the Museum of Ice Cream at Grant and Market streets in San Francisco. The museum is something of a pop-up and they have locations in Miami and Los Angeles, too. They are open every day except Tuesdays.

Tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream are $38 but check it out soon because the museum is only open through February 2018.

Museum of Ice Cream

What flavor will you choose?



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