The Museum of Illusions has grown to be a global success as a family-friendly activity that truly holds appeal for all ages. The original project launched in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2015 and has gradually become a worldwide attraction in many major cities as its popularity continues to grow. Part fun and part educational, the immersive exhibits in the museum place visitors inside mind-bending illusions and, at the same time, educates them on how the human brain processes vision and perception. Here is a list of museums of Illusions across the world that are worth fitting into any itinerary in these cities, as a visit to the museum typically only takes around one hour.
10 Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul's Museum of Illusions lies in the middle of perhaps the most famous street in the city, Istiklal Caddesi, which is full of tourist attractions as it is nestled between Taksim Square and Galata Tower. This makes the museum's over 60 illusions a great option for a fun afternoon group activity when those visiting Istanbul inevitably spend some time passing through this street.
9 Shanghai, China
The Museum of Illusions in Shanghai is another one of the global locations worth seeking out if one happens to find themselves in China. This location features many of the usual types of illusion exhibits and also has a room full of what they call Dilemma games, consisting of more than 80 challenging games of various types of puzzles and brain-teasers available for purchase.
8 Madrid, Spain
Travelers visiting the capital of Spain and looking for a light-hearted and fun activity when taking a break from the usual attractions can find a Museum of Illusions location very close to Madrid's Plaza Mayor. What better break from the hustle and bustle of the Spanish streets could there be other than an antigravity room or a vortex tunnel?
7 Dubai, UAE
Dubai has another Museum of Illusions location in its Al Hamriya neighborhood which lies along the tourist hangout of Dubai Creek. When the family is in the middle of taking in the long list of attractions around Dubai Creek, like Old Dubai and various souks, the museum is a great place for a little break from the sun.
6 Busan, South Korea
Travelers heading to Busan should take note that a Museum of Illusions could fit perfectly into a museum crawl agenda while exploring the city. This location is found on the coastline of Busan, conveniently located next to the captivating Museum 1, the Busan Museum of Art, and the GoEun Museum of Photography.
5 Athens, Greece
Some of the many tourists passing through Athens may enjoy the addition of visiting this museum. Located in the heart of Athens, travelers in the area can feed off the stimulation of Monastiraki Square and all the awe-inspiring ruins like the Acropolis before putting their brains through the test at the Museum of Illusions.
4 New York City, USA
This museum location can be found in the picturesque West Village area of Manhattan, among historical buildings, tons of restaurants, and trendy places to visit. A visit to the Museum of Illusions while exploring these scenic streets is a great way to shake things up for a day in New York City.
3 Cairo, Egypt
Travelers visiting the world-famous sites of Cairo surely have plenty of options to keep themselves occupied, but a visit to this Museum of Illusions location could add some worthwhile variety to their trip. Exploring the desert terrain and Great Pyramids provides a pleasantly contrasting backdrop to colorful experiences like the Infinity Room of mirrors.
2 New Delhi, India
The capital city of India, New Delhi, is home to yet another Museum of Illusions location which is also the first optical illusion museum in India. The museum offers a great alternative for families having a day out in New Delhi in search of some indoor fun.
1 Budapest, Hungary
The heart of Budapest has a Museum of Illusions located right in the middle of the action. Budapest offers many opportunities for quiet admiration of its cathedrals and other historical landmarks, so a visit here provides a good wake-up session for the mind after walking through illusion rooms and testing ones puzzle-solving ability before taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel of Budapest that is practical across the street.