Museum of Illusions Istanbul - Istiklal

Free with Istanbul Tourist Pass®

Regular Price: € 8

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The Museum of Illusions Istanbul offers you an interactive, immersive and entertaining journey with more than 60 illusions to see and experience. It will be interesting, sometimes confusing, hilarious and all round great fun. Nothing is what is seems! We have designed a visual, sensory and educational space that will challenge your perceptions, boggle the mind and be the most fun you’ve had in a long time! It’s a place for everyone to enjoy so bring your friends, kids, family or just yourself and a camera with full battery and lots of storage space. You’ll definitely want photo evidence of what you experience because you won’t believe your eyes!

Museum of Illusions Istanbul - Istiklal is free with Istanbul Tourist Pass®

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Hours & Schedule

opens from 11:00am to 19:00pm every day except Sundays.

For most updated visiting hours during pandemic please check museum's website before your visit.


Museum of Illusions Istanbul opens from 12:00am to 19:00pm every day.

How To Get There?

You can get to the Museum of Illusions Istanbul by metro, getting off at the Şişhane station. The Museum is right accross from the Şişhane Metro Station exit and is located inside the Narmanlı Han. Asmalı Mescit Mah. İstiklal Cad. A Giriş No:180 / 4B Beyoğlu / İstanbul

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The museum does not take reservations. Your digital Pass does not give you priority entry to the museum so please note that if there is a line, you will need to wait. During busy times, the museum may be full and people wanting to enter will need to wait. The waiting time will depend on how busy the museum is on the particular day. Please be patient as the experience will be worth the wait!

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No matter who or how old you are, a perfectly executed illusion is almost always fascinating. If you want to see some of the most mind-blowing illusions in real life, we recommend that you visit the Museum of Illusions Istanbul. It is a great place to have fun with friends and family, on top of being a unique experience among other museums.

About the Museum of Illusions Istanbul

Enter the astonishing world of illusions with Museum of Illusions which will trick your brain and your senses. Not only will you be amazed by the illusions in this museum, but you will also learn how they work and why you sense them the way you do.
In the Beuchet Chair illusion, even if you get two same-sized humans, it will look as if there is a giant on the one corner, while a dwarf in the other. It looks like an ordinary room to the viewers, but when someone starts walking back and forth at the back of the room, you will see them grow or shrink before your eyes.

Turntables section has black and white patterns that sit on turntables. You can spin them to create a kinetic optical illusion. They are not anything special while staying still, but when you spin them, you will see hypnotic endless circles that seem like they go forever.
The Hollow Face illusion in the museum is one of the most brain-melting illusions you can see. Though you are looking at concave faces, our brains know that a face cannot be concave, so it automatically sees it as a normal, convex face. This creates the illusion that the concave faces in the wall are always following you, creating a mind-bending sensation. To break the illusion, you have to go far enough to the sides to actually see their concave structure.

In the Clone Table illusion, you will sit on a table which appears to be a large round table. But wait? There are multiple versions of you. This is because the room has mirrors that are put in such a way that makes it look like a full circle.
Another funny illusion that will leave you with a photograph that you will remember and show your friends and family is the Head on the Platter illusion. From the right angle, it looks as if the person inside the illusion has no body and only his/her head remains, on a plate.
Optical illusions section is one of the stand outs of the Museum of Illusions. There are many examples of mind-bending optical illusions that will shock when you first see them, and probably confuse you even more as soon as you learn how they work.
Other than illusions, there is also a Smart Playroom in the museum. The games and objects in the Smart Playroom encourage learning, and make it fun and interactive. There are many stimulating games that will challenge your cognitive thinking skills, giving you an opportunity for a real brainstorm.
From children to adults, there are many special games for all age groups in this section. From the age-old Dilemma games to a variety of puzzles, brain teasers, building blocks, impossible knots and mathematical games, and the educational products you will find here are nothing like the traditional problems you face in real life.

How to Go to the Museum of Illusions in Istanbul

Museum of Illusions is located in the Istiklal Avenue, which is one of the most crowded and busy places in the city. It is inside the Asmalimescit, in the Narmanli Han. The easiest option for transportation would be using the M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metroline and getting off at the Sishane station. From there, the museum is only a 5-minute walk away.
If using the metro is not among your options, 74, 74A, 76D and 145T buses stop close to the Museum of Illusions.
From the Anatolian side of the Istanbul, you can take the ferries to Eminonu from Uskudar or Kadikoy and get on the 74 or 74A from Eminonu to get to the Museum of Illusions. Alternatively, you can also get on the Marmaray from Uskudar and transfer to M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metro line in Yenikapi stop. From there, get off at the Sishane station and walk to the museum.

Visiting the Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions opening hours are between 12 AM to 19 PM every day of the week, so you can visit the museum almost whenever you want.
For the Museum of Illusions ticket prices, one ticket for adults is 49 Turkish Liras. For the students, seniors (65+ years old) and the children between 5 and 18, Museum of Illusions entrance fee is 35 Turkish Liras. For the children younger than 5 years old, the entrance to the museum is free. If you want to visit the museum with your family, you can also get a family pack to save money. It includes either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, and costs 130 Turkish Liras.

Other Attractions Near the Museum of Illusions

If you are on a cultural tour in Istanbul, you have probably heard of the whirling dervishes of Turkey. These Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order still practice this active physical meditation form, and if you wish to see this mesmerizing show live, you can get a Whirling Dervishes Show ticket.
Did you know that Madame Tussauds, world’s most famous chain of wax model museums, has a museum in Istanbul too? It is also located in the Istiklal Avenue and can be another great experience with friends and family. Grab a Madame Tussauds Istanbul ticket to skip the line and see the +60 wax models of the famous people early.
After your visit to the Museum of Illusions, another unique and famous museum to visit would be the Pera Museum. It is one of the leading private art museums in Istanbul with many permanent and temporary exhibitions such as paintings, Kutahya tiles, ceramics and many more.
If you want to save both time and money, you can also get a  Istanbul Tourist Pass and get access to 35+ attractions and services in Istanbul on top of the ones we just mentioned above.