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Museum of Illusions Orlando is throwing a ‘puppy paw-ty’

by Susan and Simon Veness

Museum of Illusions Orlando doesn’t think humans should have all the fun. On Sept. 25, the museum will be open to fur babies for a one-of-a-kind chance at Instagram fame.

Museum of Illusions Orlando puppy pawty
Photos courtesy of Museum of Illusions Orlando

During a one-day-only event, Museum of Illusions Orlando, located in the Icon Park plaza on International Drive, welcomes dogs and their owners to a “puppy paw-ty,” for a morning of mind-bending photo opportunities.

With more than 50 eye-fooling exhibits in the Orlando branch, the museum dedicated to optical illusions first started in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2015, with Icon Park’s being the 20th venue in the franchise.

Its collection of interactive, immersive, and incomprehensible exhibits is based on the fundamentals of math, science, and psychology. Through exploration of the displays, visitors learn how the human brain perceives its surroundings — and how easily it can be fooled by simple tricks of imagery.  

Museum of Illusions photo op with dog

From the vast expanse of the Infinity Room, to defying the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room or shrinking to miniature size in the Ames Room, it’s a fun-filled photographic experience, especially when shared with a canine companion.

Sept. 25 marks the second time the museum has opened its doors to delighted doggies, with its first event proving so popular that time slots nearly sold out.

The event takes place from 8-11 a.m. Tickets are limited, and advance reservations are required. Admission tickets include treats for guests and their furry friends, provided by The New Barker magazine, plus Bark Box raffle items and more.

Photo illusion with dog

Want to visit the museum without a dog, and still take incredible smartphone snapshots? That’s fine too. Admission to the party is $29.95 per person, per dog (free for kids age 2 and under). Regular admission is $24.95 adults and $20.95 for ages 3 and up, or purchase a Museum of Illusions and The Wheel at Icon Park combo ticket for $39.95 for adults, and $34.94 for children.

COVID-19 safety measures are still in place, including the use of face masks while indoors, limited capacity, one-way paths through the exhibits, and hand sanitizer and wipes for guests.

For more information and to make advance reservations, visit MoIOrlando.com.

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