It’s a museum uniquely suited to the age of social media: New York City’s new Museum of Illusions opened this week, and its interactive optical and sensory illusions both educate and create perfect photo ops for sharing on Instagram and Facebook.
The permanent museum is suitable for all ages, and features dozens of interactive exhibits, including holograms, puzzles, and perspective-based illusions. The museum’s owners had previous success with similar installations throughout Europe before deciding to tackle Manhattan.
If you can’t get there in person right away, here’s a look at just a few of the exhibits in this mind-bending museum:
This exhibit provides a radically different view of the world that’s perfect for sharing on social media.
Head on the Platter
Have you always wanted somebody’s head on a platter? Here’s your chance!
In this exhibit, you’re the focus of endless beautiful patterns, rather than the usual papers and beads.
The Chair Illusion
This exhibit demonstrates how much the perceived size of an object depends on the the objects surrounding it.
Watch a person grow or shrink before your very eyes just by walking back and forth in this otherwise ordinary looking room.
The Museum of Illusions is located on Eighth Avenue and is open from 9 am – 10 pm seven days a week.