And now for something completely different … we checked out the brand new Museum of Illusions in NYC this weekend, and it was so much fun. It’s less of a museum, more of a trippy experience. The space features two floors of optical illusions, trompe l’oeil photo ops, and lots of tricks with mirrors. My kids, ages 9 and 7, were at the perfect age to enjoy something like this.
There was the anti-gravity room, which had the kids literally falling over (and me doing my best to keep down my breakfast) even though nothing in the room was moving. The true mirror, where you can see yourself as people actually see you (rather than a reversed version of yourself). The infinity room, where you seem to go on forever. There was even a section of wooden puzzles that kept the kids (and my husband) busy for a good 20 minutes. Definitely bring your camera, as some exhibits are meant to be photographed for full effect. Here are some of the fun photos that we took.
One caveat: Go early! The wait to get into the museum can be upwards of half an hour later in the day. We went at 9:30 on a Saturday morning, and there was no wait and just a handful of visitors. It was definitely starting to fill up by the time we left, more than an hour later. The Museum of Illusions isn’t very large, and it probably wouldn’t be nearly as fun with more people packed inside.
The museum is located right near the Highline, so we headed over for an elevated stroll afterwards. We ended up walking to one of my favorite kid-friendly restaurants in the city, The Meatball Shop. It was a fun way to spend a weekend morning in the city.
The Museum of Illusions, 77 8th Ave, New York, NY, 212-645-3230