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Orlando’s new Museum of Illusions will boggle your mind!

by Susan and Simon Veness

You won’t believe your eyes—and you’ll be right not to!—when more than 50 mind-boggling exhibits open on Jan. 9, 2021 at Icon Park’s Museum of Illusions.

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It’s all about mental deception at International Drive’s upcoming attraction, the Museum of Illusions, where interactive exhibits put math, science, and psychology to work, turning eye-fooling backdrops into opportunities for the kind of visually inexplicable photos that have made the Orlando museum’s international predecessors so popular.

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Visitors will learn the tricks of perception and how our brains process the incomprehensible as they move through various immersive rooms, including the astonishing gravity-defying Reverse Room, where your position in space is turned almost literally on its head, with the photos to prove it!

Baffle your brain in the “vast expanse” of the multisensory Infinity Room, then shrink to miniature size as you walk from one side of the Ames Room to the other. A series of unique optical illusions, holograms, stereograms, and more turn education into fun, challenging visitors to “see the world differently.”

Although this is the 20th location worldwide for the Museum of Illusions, it’s a first for Orlando, and some of the illusions have been designed specifically for a Floridian audience.

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General manager George Youngdahl says, “Many international guests are familiar with our concept through social networking. We can’t wait to bring our museum to Central Florida. There’s nothing quite like it here!”

COVID-19 safety measures will be in place once the museum opens, including limited capacity, mandatory face masks, and a one-way path through the exhibits. Staff will be on-hand for frequent sanitizing and to offer hand sanitizer and wipes to visitors. To accommodate limited capacity, guests will be required to reserve a time slot for entry.

The museum’s gift shop will carry merchandise designed to keep the mind-tricking optical-illusion “edutainment” going, and Icon Park’s tempting dining outlets are just a short stroll away.

Orlando residents and visitors can visit during “preview days,” from Jan. 9-31, with admission priced at just $15 per person (regardless of age), a savings of $10 over regular adult admission. Children ages 2 and under are always free.

Starting Jan. 9, the museum will be open from 12-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 12-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Find it at 8441 International Drive, suite #250. Parking at Icon Park is free.

To purchase tickets and make a reservation, visit Orlando.MuseumofIllusions.com (full website coming soon). Until then, stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at #MuseumOfIllusionOrlando.

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2 comments

Lamya bryson February 1, 2021 - 6:57 pm

This is amazing im coming here for my birthday in june‼️🥳

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Palacios February 3, 2021 - 2:06 am

Been to the one in chicago 🙂 pretty cool

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