08-11-2022 - Museums

Get Ready to be Fascinated: Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions in Istanbul is a place to enter the fascinating world of illusions that will trick your confidence in your senses, and amaze you doing it. It is a fascinating museum to be confused, to have fun, and to learn about the borders of your own mind. 

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Get ready not to believe what you see with your own eyes!

The museum consists of illusionistic rooms, optical illusions, and a playroom with didactic games and puzzles. The Museum of Illusions started as a special project which soon became one of the fastest-growing education and recreation places, with locations in more than 35 cities around the world. The initial concept was founded in 2015 and fast become a recognizable brand and leading attraction point in also in Istanbul

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What to do in Istanbul with kids? Here is your answer. 

A must-see place for all ages

If you are in Istanbul with kids then you are trying to find fun places for them after a lot of historical places they had to come with you. Then the Museum of Illısion is a perfect place for you. 

Museum of Illusions offers an interactive, immersive, and fun experience for both children and their parents. It is a perfect, unusual, and thrilling place for all generations. The best part is unlike other museums, visitors can run, scream, touch exhibits, and take as many photos as they want, so it is a great place to go with kids

It is also an educational experience for kids. In the museum, you can talk about the mind and the borders of senses with your kids. Amusing tricks will teach kids about vision, perception, the human brain, and science so it will be easier to perceive why their eyes see things that their brain cannot understand.

The Museum of Illusions in Istanbul brings you an area suitable both for social and entertaining tours into the world of illusions which has entertained all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences and fun with friends and family. Not only is it a place for children who adore coming, but also a place for parents, couples, grandmothers, and grandfathers.

What to do in the Museum of Illusions? 


Fun exhibits surprise your brain! 

In the Museum of Illusions in Istanbul, there are many to see and enjoy. There are different parts of the museum and all of which are very Instagrammable! 

Here are some exhibits inside the Museum of Illusions.

Photo illusions 

Photo Illusions are creative ways to confuse your mind and create false perceptions of things that don’t exist. Sounds promising! And we all know the saying: The camera never lies!? I wouldn’t be so sure! Nothing is what it seems in the Museum of Illusions, not even the pictures! The only thing you can be sure of is that your photos will be filled with an unusual and unexpected background. Come and explore!

Optical illusions

Unexplainable images that play tricks on you, confusing your eyes and brain. These visual illusions are just a reminder that our senses are flawed and our perception of the world is often misinterpreted. Come and check out our exhibition of optical illusions with many Op art exhibits!


Holograms – those magical images that create 3D illusions and which we encounter every day in all kinds of shapes and forms e.g. in their simplified form on bank notes or credit cards. Our Museum of Illusions holds a quite respectable collection of various holograms e.g. images that disappear without reason, change their motif, or pop out of the picture.

Beuchet Chair Illusion

It is unbelievable how the perceived size of a person depends on the context suggested by the surrounding objects. Explore the laws of perception and play with roles and size ratios by simply sitting on the so-called Beuchet chair! Challenge your photography creativity!

Infinity Tunnel

There are so many things in life that we tend to compare with a bottomless pit even though we have never actually seen one. Well, now’s your chance. Get dragged into the unknown!

True Mirror

Mirrors are believed to carry the energy of ancestors into your present life. But Mirrors also kind of lie! In a True Mirror right and left aren’t flipped. Your reflection in the True Mirror is how other people actually see you and not necessarily how you see yourself. So – it’s time to see what you really look like… Ready?


A stereogram is a picture within a picture. Inside each image is a hidden object which appears in 3D when viewed correctly. Bring the stereogram image really close to your eyes (until you touch it with your nose), your eyes cannot focus on the image and they look somewhere behind the image. While trying to keep the eyes off focus and by slowly pushing the image away from you, you will see the hidden object. Get surprised!



A wonderful, colorful, and continuously changing world of shapes and colors! In our Museum of Illusions, the psychedelic patterns are created exclusively by our visitors, as they will be reflected in the endless little mirrors. Go and kaleidoscope away!

Clone Table

This illusion invites you to sit down with yourself. What appears to be a large round table is actually a circular clip, which reflects a full circle in two mirrors at an angle of 60 degrees. At the point of sitting down, you will be surrounded by 5 of your clones! Who is the better player?!

 Head on the platter

Have you always wanted somebody’s “head on a plate”? Well, now you can make your wish come true. Experience the illusion of a “head on the platter” and of a hidden body. But don’t worry, nobody gets hurt. It’s all just an illusion.

 Rubin’s Vase

Rubin’s vase is a famous set of ambiguous or bi-stable two-dimensional forms developed around 1915 by the Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin. Well, you could keep flowers in it, but that would be absolutely inappropriate. Get intrigued by the potential of hidden faces and try to find them all.


Hollow Face Illusion

The need to recognize faces is so deeply rooted in us that we will fill any hollow space that we are looking at just to see the face. What is the fascination here is that while looking at the face, no matter from which angle, it seems to follow us. This is based on our inborn knowledge that a face is convex and cannot be concave.


Black & white patterns create kinetic optical illusions when spun on a record turntable. Mostly designed in kind of endless circles. When spinning these 2-dimensional turntable discs we receive a hypnotic effect of this very curious optical illusion created only when in motion.

 Ambiguous Cylinder

The illusion of an ambiguous cylinder creates a special geometry shape, either as a quadrant or as a cylinder, depending on the direction of view. An object is placed in a box in front of the mirror so that it can be seen from two opposite sides at any moment. The visitor can rotate the object by 180 degrees by moving the handle to the left or right. The change of shape really challenges your perception and logic comprehension.

Tricky Stick

This exhibit plays with our sense of space. The stick is attached to a horizontal plate that rotates so that the stick encounters a curved hole in its path. The human brain will automatically assume that the stick cannot pass through the hole, but due to the thought-through geometry, the stick passes through the hole every time.

Ames Room

In one corner of the room, there is a giant, and in the other a dwarf! Experience how a person walking back or forth either grows or shrinks before your very eyes in this incredible room of illusions. To the viewers, it looks like an ordinary room, but it is actually cleverly distorted so that visitors experience an amazing visual illusion.

Infinity Room

Most of us imagined a possibility where magic and fun never seem to end, and seem endlessly duplicated?! Maybe the Wonderworld of our Infinity Room will make your dreams come true! Enter the Room of Mirrors! found your wonderworld in the Infinity Room – the Room of Mirrors! The room walls are Mirrors of full height, installed all around, creating an optical illusion of infinite space. “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.” (Yayoi Kusama)

Vortex tunnel

When was the last time when someone made your head spin around so that you felt like the ground was pulled away under your feet? And you were sure to be spinning nonetheless you knew that the bridge is actually not moving. You can’t control that reaction of your body. It feels like love, right? Or maybe just another illusion?

In both cases, it is important to let yourself go, so don’t be afraid to leave everything you know behind and immerse yourself in the illusion of our Vortex tunnel. The only one of its kind in this part of the world, the Vortex Tunnel will drive you mad and make it seems nearly impossible for you to bring your body in balance through the rotating cylinder – whereby you are all the time on a completely stable and flat surface. And – you are allowed to scream and laugh!

Rotated Room

Are you ready to radically change your view of the world? How about 90 degrees? Have photos taken of incredible poses! The only limit is your imagination. Play with all your phantasy to interact with the illusion offering an Instagram shot!

To enter this amazing experience all you need is an Istanbul Tourist Pass® which includes 100+ FREE attractions, guided tours, and many more. Here you can see the prices and start your trip right away! 

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