It has been said that life is but an illusion. Do you believe that? Well, whether you do or not, your mind will be totally blown when you step into the Museum of Illusions in Kuala Lumpur.
Located at Ansa Hotel along Jalan Bukit Bintang, the museum of sorts is not a sight that you might expect in one of the city’s major shopping and entertainment districts.
Why you should go
The first thought that might pop into your mind when you visit this place is “interactive”. Exhibits and displays, puzzles and games, as well as unusual rooms are what you will find at this unique museum. This is not a regular museum because you can actually interact with them and errr … play with them. Piqued your curiosity yet?
It is a good place to hang out and have some fun. Although it might be more fun to go with someone or in a group, you can also make a solo visit too.
What to do
After checking in at the reception, you will be taken into the museum. The first thing that will greet you is a table with puzzles that are said to “break your mind, but make you smarter”. Try your hand at solving these educational games, but don’t worry if you can’t solve them at the museum. You can always buy one (or two) to bring home for yourself, or to frustrate your family members.
Displayed on the wall are a series of illusions that just might make you go crazy if you stare at them long enough. Why? Because you just can’t figure them out – images that seem spiral but really aren’t, images that seem to be moving but are still, and more.
You will also find exhibits such as Head on a Platter where you can scare your friends and serve up something gruesome for a meal, or Ames Room where you and your friend can play giants and dwarfs because both of you will appear vastly different in size inside the room. Try your hand at solving games such as the Hanoi Tower where you need to build towers of giant rings by moving only one ring at a time, or 10Sum where you need to arrange giant cubes on top of one another so that all sides create the number 10. At Escape, move pieces within a wooden frame until you manage to “escape” the square piece through a hole at the other end.
Interact with exhibits like Kaleidoscope which will seem to yield millions of mirror images of yourself or your friend. Giggle hysterically when you exchange face parts with your friend in the Swap Noses exhibit.
In the Rotated Room, you can fascinate your friends with photos of yourself in an upside down world. If you dare, walk through the Vortex Room … but beware, you might feel dizzy. In the Infinity Room, you’re surrounded by mirrors giving you what appears to be endless reflections. The Empty Room is literally an empty room with just three primary colour lights, but surprise … the shadows appear in a multitude of other colours. If you prefer something milder, try to find the two faces in the Ambiguous Vase. Or test yourself with Colours, which shows whether a person remember words or colours more easily.
Who will like it
If you want to challenge your brain with puzzles and games, you will probably love this place.
The Museum of Illusions is a place that will appeal to people of all ages. It is a fun place for families or a group of friends. You can even have events such as a birthday party here. Advance booking is required for group events.
You can take loads of pictures here, so be sure to tag the museum in your social media posts.
The Museum of Illusions is located along Bintang Walk, right in the heart of the city. It is quite easy to get to via public transport like the Monorail, MRT, bus or taxi. You can also drive, bike or take a Grab.