Review: The Museum of Illusions

March 17, 2019smilingwithsarah

Hey friends!!  This past week was March Break and since my mom and sister had the week off and I had a day off school, we thought it would be fun to go downtown Toronto (just outside where we live) and play tourist.  It was the most beautiful day for mid-March, so it was perfect for walking around and taking in the sights of the city.  One of the places we went to was called The Museum of Illusions.  If you want to know all about the location and my experience, than keep reading!

I had seen so many people posting pictures on Instagram from their trip to the museum and I knew it was somewhere I had to go.  We bought the tickets ahead of time, considering it was March Break, we wanted reassurance that we would get a spot for sure.  The prices for the tickets weren’t bad at all.  Adult (age 16+) tickets were $23.50 plus HST, Child (age 3-15) tickets were $19.50 plus HST and the family pack (2 adults/2 children) was $78.50 plus HST.  Considering we were in the museum for a little over an hour and got to take (and re-take) most of our pictures, it was definitely worth the price.  

We arrived to the museum and I was shocked by how small it looked from the outside.  But once we got inside, we saw that it was more deep than wide.  We got inside and were welcomed by the polite staff members who were working the front desk.  They checked us in by scanning our tickets and offered the coat check in the case that we didn’t want to carry our jackets with us.  This was a huge plus for me!!  I’m not the biggest fan of carrying around extra weight – especially if I’m going to be taking pictures, so seeing that there was a coat check made me very happy.

As we walked into the museum we were taken aback by how bright and colourful it was.  We noticed that there were rooms all around and some optical illusions on the walls.  We decided it would be best to start with the pictures on the walls, while waiting for a room to clear up.  Beside each picture, they had a description of what to do (e.g. stare at the picture for 30 seconds, then look at your hand) and then a little blurb about what should be happening (just in case it didn’t fool you).  I’m the type that gets amazed by small things so these were really cool!

All around there were different rooms and areas for interactive illusions and let me tell you, it was so much fun!  I was laughing so much because I was having such a good time but it also made me feel like a child again.  Some of the rooms they had were: the Ames room, which made you either really tiny or really large; the Infinity room, which made it seem like there were hundreds of you; the Anti-Gravity room, which really made you feel like you could defy gravity; the Rainbow room, which was just a really good spot for pictures; and arguably the most famous room – the Rotated room, which doesn’t really need much of a description.

Some of the fun, interactive illusions included the Head on the Platter, the Clone Table, the Kaleidoscope, the Vortex tunnel, and the ChairThese were all really great photo opportunities too!! 

As I mentioned before, we were in the museum for a little over an hour and to be honest, you don’t need much more than that.  I went with two other people, so we moved quite quickly, but if you go with a bigger group, than you may have to allot more time to each illusion.  Overall, the location was easy to get to, the workers were nice and it was worth the money!

I can definitely say that I had a blast at the museum and I would 100% recommend it to anyone that wanted to go.  It’s a great place to go with friends and family!  The Museum is also a really cool tourist attraction if you’re visiting the city or if you have people visiting from out of town.  Rather than bring them somewhere super touristy, bring them to the Museum and have a couple laughs and make some memories!!  


A Little Bit About The Museum of Illusions

Location: 132 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A-1E2.

Phone Number: 416-889-2285

Email Address: hello@museumofillusions.ca

All other information can be found at https://museumofillusions.ca/

 

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