Seeing is Not Believing at Athens and Thessaloniki ’ Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

The most innovative space of experiential entertainment in town, now in Athens & Thessaloniki.

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The shamans say that the entire world is an illusion, but before we get too metaphysical let’s take a look at one of Athens’ exhibition spaces, where you can test your ability to discern the real from the unreal and get a little dizzy in the process. The Museum of Illusions on the lower part of Ermou street is designed both to educate and entertain; it offers unique experiences that leave all its visitors, regardless of age, leaving the two-storey premises with a new sense of discovery and awe.

The Athens Museum of Illusions and Thessaloniki is only one of a global franchise that began in Zagreb in 2015 and was created by Croatian marketing entrepreneur Roko Zivkovic.

Museum of Illusions started as a unique project which soon became one of the fastest-growing education and entertainment places, with locations in more than 30 cities around the globe; and continues to expand! This original concept was launched in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015 and quickly become a recognizable brand and leading attraction in each city where it is launched.

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From rooms with a raised floor in which the person standing in one corner looks like a giant and the one standing in the corner across looks like a dwarf, to stereograms (pictures that when you stare long enough into them, you’ll see another picture – these were especially popular in the psychedelics-friendly ‘70s) and a galactic tunnel with a bridge going through it, that when you enter it, spins around noisily making you feel that the bridge is swinging from side to side (having gone there with my five-year-old, I walked across the bridge eight times and literally needed to sit down after), there are endless images and installations to enjoy. Cognitive, physiological and literal illusions engage the mind and senses in a fun and refreshing way, offering a rewarding change of scene right in the heart of Athens.

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The combination of magical tricks, science and art are very enticing and you would need to be in a very staid disposition indeed to not laugh or gasp with surprise at least once during your visit here. You’ll see holograms (some described by the museum as ‘horror-grams’), your head can be served up on a plate, you’ll observe peripheral drift illusion pictures, puzzle over the impossible trident, and my favourite, stare deep into the hypnotic wheel for 30 seconds after which, when looking at your hand you will watch it expand.

Just for fun, you can also enjoy trying this one online.

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The museum not only encourages visitors to snap away and take as many photos and videos as possible but has even placed floor stickers showing prospective photographers the best spot to stand on in order to capture optical illusions from their most impressive angle.

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Please note, the museum is an ideal place to take your kids to (ideally aged three and up) but as there are several exhibits that require time, effort and attention to understand or solve – such as logic puzzles, it’s advisable that you invite another adult with you so you can enjoy really immersing yourself in certain experiences without the constant distraction of “mummy, look at this!” echoing in the background. Although the museum has assistants in every area who are happy to snap pictures of you, having a friend along is a win-win for all as you can also double the fun of taking pictures together with your friend as well as your kids.

Tip: Make sure to get a kaleidoscope photo of your child or loved one – it can really make for the perfect original portrait!

Now, if I can only get down from the ceiling I can carry on with my life…

 

 

 

Contact

Address in Athens
Ermou 119 (entrance from Astiggos 12)
10555 Monastiraki – Athens
[email protected]

Phone:
(+30) 2102201610

Contact

Address in Thessaloniki
Doxis 5, 54625 Ladadika – Thessaloniki
[email protected]

Phone:
(+30) 2312314250

Ticket prices

General Admission (16–64): 9€
Kids (4–15): 6€
Infants (0–3): Free
Family Ticket: 27€
(price is for 2 adults max and 2 kids)
Students: 7€
Seniors (65+): 6€
Unemployed: 6€
Persons with disabilities: 6€

The museum is not wheelchair accessible

 

Alexia Amvrazi

Alexia Amvrazi enjoys the thrill of discovering beauty in the world around her. With a passionately hands-on approach to Greece's travel, gastronomy, holistic living, culture, innovation and creativity, for 20 years she has explored and shared her findings with the world on all aspects of the country and its people via writing, radio, blogs and videos. Although her childhood and early youth in Italy, Egypt and England left her feeling somewhat root-less, she is by now firmly connected to her native land, bravely weathering the hurricane known as the Greek crisis!

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