St. Thomas' Ice Museum

An ice museum in the Caribbean? I was skeptical when I first heard about it this summer, but wouldn’t ya know, Magic Ice in St. Thomas is now up and running. Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 11.01.33 AM

On waterfront Dronningens Gade, Magic Ice’s display offers an overview of Caribbean history, as told through ice sculpture. It takes about 20 minutes to tour the warehouse-turned-museum, which is cooled to a nose-numbing 25 degrees Fahrenheit. But even at this temp, apparently, the installations only retain their integrity for six months, after which they’re replaced.

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Visitors are given a fur-trimmed poncho, gloves, legwarmers and overshoes to protect them from the chill, and if that doesn’t warm you up, the flavored rum shot at the ship-shaped ice bar should do the trick. Admission is $20, and includes the rum shot and a souvenir glass.

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Check out this video for a look inside. (It’s in Spanish, but you get the idea …)

I haven’t been to Magic Ice yet, but it sounds like a quick and quirky way to beat the St. Thomas heat. Have you done the tour? Is it totally cool? Or a hot mess?