This week, we transport you to the world of Harry Houdini at the Museum of Illusions (MOI). MOI offers a fascinating visual, sensory and educational experience. There are over 70 visual and sensory tricks inside the museum designed to confuse your eyes and surprise your brain. We are excited to share this world of illusion with you, where a picture is worth a thousand words and an illusion hides most of them.
MOI is conveniently located on 14th Street and 8th Ave on the border of Chelsea and the West Village. Unlike other ephemeral pop-ups, this museum is here to stay and will be in NYC for 17 years. MOI is located in seven locations in the world including Zagreb and Zadar in Croatia, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat in Oman, Vienna and Ljubljana in Slovenia. This museum is not for the passive observer. Be an active participant and feel free to jump, run, scream and/or touch the exhibits. If you have trouble understanding the room, just ask the staff. They can guide you on how to pose and where to snap your Instagram-worthy photo.
Our first illusion was the chair illusion, where the person standing looks significantly larger than the person sitting in the chair.
At first glance, the Ames Room looks like an ordinary room. But when two people stand at each corner, one becomes a giant and the other a dwarf. When you walk from one corner to the other, people will either grow or shrink in this masterful forced perspective illusion.
In Kaleidoscope, you become the pattern instead of traditional colors or pearls.
At the poker table, you can play a hand with five versions of yourself.
In the Infinity Room, a set of mirrors creates an optical illusion of infinite space and reflections.
In the Rotated Room, we climbed the wall, posed like Spiderman and performed a handstand.
In the Color Room, you’ll see shadows of color. Our friend Fiona, struck and awesome yoga pose in this room.
Head on a platter anyone? In this illusion of a hidden body, nobody will be hurt and everyone will have fun.
In True Mirror, you can combine yourself with a friend and swap faces in this two way mirror.
So head over to the MOI for some sensory overload on psychology, math, architecture and art. Tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for kids and the museum is open from 9AM to 10PM daily.
“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” -Michael Jordan
Oh my gosh, this is amazing and totally tripping me out! I had no idea there was a Museum of Illusions, but now I have to go! What a trip!
Wow! This is amazing! I had to do a couple double takes on some of your images, ha! I have visited a museum similar to this Museum of Illusions, but it’s been so long ago now – I forgot how cool some of these tricks are! Thanks for sharing. xo
Great time, and highly recommend. Good for any age!
I never knew there was a Museum of Illusions in NYC. I live not too far in the suburbs and definitely want to go down and see this!!
This museum looks incredible! It seems like you all had so much fun! Kind of a dream for Instagram inspiration! I think I like the head on the plate the best (what does that say about me?)!
How did I not know the Museum of Illusions was in NYC? This looks so cool and like so much fun! It definitely looks like you had a great time!
These are insane! I keep scrolling up to look again! I mean, the head on the platter is crazy!
These are awesome! Looks like such a fun place to visit.
UOU. I never heard of that museum but, it looks so cool! So much fun, perfect for a family trip. It’s for sure on my “must do list” now. All people look like having so much fun!
So much fun! ? so tricky! I had to look a few times on every picture. Thanks for sharing! ?
This looks like a lot of fun and would be so cool to visit with the kids.
This looks like so much fun. I will definitely see if I can visit the one in Muscat the next time I visit.
Looks like such a fun time
I have been wanting to visit such a museum for a long time. I can’t believe I missed the one in Ljubljana, I was there recently but I didn’t know they had one. It looks like a fun experience.
That is such a fun museum to check out, your first pic was convincing enough haha. I will be sure to check it out when I am back in NYC next.
Haha I love these museums, they are almost in every city! They are really fun and interesting after taking a photo too.
This looks like so much fun. I love these kind of museums, they’re so different but a lot of fun.
Wow, this Museum looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family
Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Museum of Illusion. Loving the pictures so much.
Wow, this is such a cool museum to visit and I am sure my sister will enjoy seeing this place.
I want to go! Illusions are so much fun, I bet you had a blast here!
Aaah it looks so cool , definitely want to go there some time
Illusion Museum looks like a lot of fun to visit and I am sure my kids will also enjoy this place.
By far the funnest museum ever! I grew up playing and loving puzzles. This place really brought the kid in me out.
What! This looks like so cool! I’d love to check it out!
What a fun museum! You have so many amazing resources for places to go and things to do where you live!
Wow, I’ve never heard of this but I totally want to go! Thanks!
This looks like so much fun! And such a great location for awesome pics. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in NYC.
I would love to visit that Illusion museum with my niece. Perfect treat for them this Christmas. and it seems that you had an amazing experience there.
Lovely museum. I would like to visit there once. Thanks for sharing.
This looks like a fun place, I would love to visit one of the branches soon.