02-04-2023

You Can’t Trust What You See At D.C.’s New Museum Of Illusions

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The Museum of Illusions opened its doors at CityCenterDC this week. The hands-on museum offers education and entertainment with optical illusions, a playroom, illusionistic rooms, and exhibits featuring the science, math, and psychology behind the magic. The original museum was launched in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015 and now has locations in Paris, Madrid, Chicago, New York, and other cities. This museum opening follows an explosion of immersive experiences around D.C. But while other experiences focus on transforming art into dramatic light shows or bringing your favorite TV show to life (we’re still not sure who asked for that), the Museum of Illusions focuses on the science behind the “magic.”

At the D.C. location, guests can hang from the ceiling of an upside-down Metro car or be caught in the wandering gaze of a George Washington portrait (real Mona Lisa vibes). There’s even a vortex tunnel, which, be warned, may cause motion sickness. (We’re looking out for our vertigo friends–this may not be the exhibit for you.) Visitors spend an average of 45-60 minutes in the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Walk-in visits are welcome, but visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time. Adult tickets are around $24.

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