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A look into the Museum of Illusions

Natalie Becker and Avery Conrad

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As if New York City hasn’t given Instagram users enough places to see, eat at and shop in, you can add one more place to post to your feed: The Museum of Illusions.

The Museum of Illusions opened in Sep. 2018 in the heart of Chelsea, turning an old abandoned building into an exhibition of science, psychology, mathematics and biology. Seventy exhibits are available to people of all ages with an aim to educate and deceive your mind simultaneously. And unlike most museums, visitors can touch, scream, and run around and take pictures, making it a museum of dreams for everyone.

The experience will teach you about vision, perception and other awesome tricks with your own brain. Each room is designed to teach visitors why their eyes see something their brain can’t understand. Check out some of the rooms:

The Ames Room: In one corner, a dwarf. In the other corner, a giant. Experience how you can grow or shrink within a few feet and deceive anyone’s eyes.

The Rotated Room: Probably the most famous room to make it on Instagram as one person standing is on the wall and another is hanging from the ceiling.

The Head on the Platter Room: Have an out of body experience by making your body disappear altogether at this exhibit.

The Infinity Room: With mirrors from head-to-toe, you will never find an ending. This room is the epitome of infinite space and will make for the most interesting mirror selfie!

This is NYC’s newest modern museum. Visitors are left enough freedom to channel their creative side and for less than $20, spend your day discovering a world of optical illusions. Now grab some friends, your camera and most importantly, your imagination!

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  • The Chair Illusion: If you’re the short friend in your group, this is your opportunity to poke fun at your friends and switch roles for a day. Perception is everything in this exhibit! Prove Einstein’s theory of relativity by shrinking or growing a few feet.

    Photo by newyork.museumofillusions.us

  • The Ames Room: Who needs a time lapse when you can watch your friends grow instantly as they walk across the Ames Room? Change your perception of size by changing size yourself in this room.

    Photo by newyork.museumofillusions.us

  • The Infinity Room: Between sports practice, homework, keeping up with friends, and getting enough sleep, don’t you ever wish you had some clones? Well now you can—at least for a moment. Get lost in the room that seems to go on forever and get some cool pictures while you’re at it. The fun is never ending and the possibilities are infinite!

    Photo by newyork.museumofillusions.us

  • Kaleidoscope: A throwback to a beloved childhood toy, the kaleidoscope exhibit will give you a next level selfie by reflecting your image over and over again. The result is a perfect gift for any parent, grandparent, or friend to hang on their fridge.

    Photo by newyork.museumofillusions.us

  • The Rotated Room: This is probably the room you have seen all over Instagram from your friends who have been to the museum. Highly photographable, this room will turn your world upside down—well, more like sideways. Creativity is key when posing in this room.

    Photo by newyork.museumofillusions.us

  • Head on the Platter: This illusion will knock your head off! Don’t worry, no one was harmed in the making of these photos. Have an out of body experience by making your body disappear altogether at this exhibit.

    Photo by newyork.museumofillusions.us

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