We were thrilled to explore Toronto's newest attraction, Museum of Illusions, located at 132 Front Street East close to St. Lawrence Market. Museum of Illusions first opened in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015, and now they have franchises in cities such as New York, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Berlin. It was mesmerizing to experience the trickery of our senses at the different displays and interactive spaces.
The tricks will teach us about our vision, perception, brain and science. The displays use light, mirrors, motion to create effects which have visual, sensual, and educational experiences with displays such as ...
Vortex Tunnel: We felt dizzy walking through the tunnel, which makes us believe we were struggling to move forward in the rotating cylinder although the surface is stable and flat!
The Hollow Face illusion: Very cool on how the concave faces looks 3D on the images we took.
Infinity room: Felt like we were in a very lively infinite party space. All that was missing was the music.
Head on the platter: It was funny to see the head looking like it was on a platter, once the person crawls under and puts their head through the hole.
Kaleidoscope: As we peek through the opposite ends, we get to see a stunning kaleidoscopic image of ourselves. The kids had fun with this, as the images changed with movement.
Holograms: Optical illusions reminds us that our assumptions are nothing but illusions. Seeing the 3D images depending on how close we went and where we stood was an eerie surprise.
Stereogram: Looking close to reveal hidden images. Make this image small and see who it is.
Turntables: Watch what happens to things you see after staring at the turntable for 30 seconds.
Optical Illusions: We really enjoyed how our eyes played tricks as though the images were moving. We could still see the pictures we took moving when we keep looking at it like in the first image on this post.
For example, the image above has parallel straight horizontal lines, but it looks like the lines are crooked and bent because of the position of the squares.
Infinity tunnels: When you look into it, it feels like it never ends.
Rotated Room: This was one of the popular rooms where everything is set up upside down. It is funny to see the end result once the picture is rotated.
Ames room: Where in one corner you are a giant and in the other a dwarf.
There are lots of other displays and rooms to explore such as the tricky stick, ambiguous cylinder, anti-gravity room, angle illusion, and many more. It is a must visit to feel the excitement.
There is an area at the back of the museum and in the front entrance set up with intriguing, educational puzzles, games, and wooden brain teaser toys where we can play with, and purchase at the entrance. They even had our favourite game Mancala at the gift shop.
Reading the descriptions by the displays made us understand why and how the displays trick our brain. It was fun to resist the laws of gravity and size ratio. The signs on the floor indicating where to stand to get those memorable pictures were helpful.
We were glad that there is a coat room, which allows us to take pictures quickly and doesn't make the space feel crowded.
Nothing is what it seems at the Museum of Illusions, add it to your places to visit and experience it for yourself, suitable for all ages. They are open all year long from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets to visit this attraction would make a memorable gift to give anyone on your list!
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