The Museum of Illusions in Dubai gives you a sensory experience that defies logic. With over 80 interactive exhibits spread over 450 square metres, this museum offers adults and children an experience to enjoy the different illusions, exhibits, and brain teasers. The interesting Museum of Illusions is part of an international museum chain that initially began in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015. The Dubai museum is the largest one yet and has been curated by a team of architects and designers. They are based on fields like science, psychology, biology and even simple math, to create thrilling illusions.
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Museum of Illusions Ticket Price
Adult: AED 80 Children (under 5 years): AED 60. Valet Parking: AED 50 per Free parking is available in the general Al Seef area outside
The museum has a ‘family ticket’ option that comprises of 2 adult tickets and 2 children’s tickets for AED 250.
There are group and birthday party options available for those looking to enjoy a field trip. A museum tour for 5 children is priced at AED 55 per child with free entry for two adults.
For a more exhaustive experience for 5 children, including a museum tour and food and drinks, tickets are AED 99 per child.
For a full party including an illusionist, instructions on how to solve games, and photographs of the children in the illusion rooms, it is priced at AED 750.
Exhibits at Museum of Illusions
Unlike other museums, the Museum of Illusions encourages interaction with the exhibits. Taking approximately an hour, you’ll be guided from room to room and encouraged to make the most of each exhibit. The exhibits are either photos, rooms, or installations that are categorised as ‘Master Illusions’, ‘Grand Illusions’, and ‘Optical Illusions’.
1. Mirage installation places you in the middle of the desert
2. Stereogram is a 3D puzzle with a hidden object inside, but you can only discover it if you find just the right position to view it.
3. Ambiguous Cylinder is either a quadrant or a cylinder based on how you’re looking at it and lets you rotate it around with a handle moving right or left.
4. Clone Table is a round table that reflects your reflection back through two mirrors angled at 60 degrees – making it look like there are five versions of you sitting around the same table!
5. Head on a Platter is similar to a magician’s trick, where you’ll stare at the platter and wonder where the rest of the body is being hidden.
6. Chair Illusion, inspired by psychologist Jean Beuchet’s work, exhibit plays with proportion and perspective, a picture from just the right angle creates the illusion of an extremely tiny person standing beside an average-sized person.
7. Ames Room distorts perception, making the person standing on the left look like a dwarf while the person standing on the right looks like a giant. The sizes shift as you move from side to side.
8. Anti-Gravity Room which, as the name suggests, makes you look like you’re floating in space or even floating upside down, depending on where you stand. In the Playroom, you’ll find a bunch of mind-boggling puzzles to be solved. 9. Dilemma Games: They include brain teasers for all ages that stimulate your cognitive abilities and decision-making abilities. 10. Playroom Tour encourages young children to solve each puzzle and offer help at each step of the way.
How to Reach Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusions is located at Al Seef area near Dubai Creek. It is accessible from both Deira (Old Dubai) side as well as Bur Dubai side. From Bur Dubai side, you can take the metro to Al Fahidi Metro Station which is 1 kilometre (5 minutes) from the museum. If you’d prefer to come by taxi, the museum is approximately 17 kilometres (30 minutes) from Jumeirah Beach and 8 kilometres (15 minutes) from Dubai International Airport.
From Deira side, you can take the metro to Baniyas Square which is 6 kilometres (15 minutes) from Museum of Illusions. From there, you can either take a taxi or hire an abra (water taxi) that will quickly cross the creek for a nominal amount of AED 20. If you are coming from Sharjah you can come from Al Maktoum Bridge, Business Bay Bridge, Shaikh Zayed Road or Shindaga Tunnel depending on your route.
1. The museum allows entry in sessions per hour. It’s best to call ahead or check their website to understand the different sessions, or else you’ll end up waiting outside for quite a while before they can let you in 2. The museum has a small retail section where they sell education games and small versions of their optical illusions. If you enjoyed the museum experience and want to take something back home, this is definitely the place to shop. You can buy things like educational toys, a T-shirt, or even a Museum of Illusions notebook from amongst their 90+ options. 3. As the Museum of Illusions experience is completely indoors, it’s a great option for one of Dubai’s hotter days when going to the beach or being outside seems like a far-fetched idea.