Step into the world of illusions and allow yourself to be mesmerized by a broad variety of optical illusions. During your expedition through our museum, you will encounter different categories of illusions, all of which we will introduce to you in detail now. Whether it’s our Vortex Tunnel, the Ames room or unbelievable holograms. There is something for everybody, and plenty of fun is guaranteed.
Our interactive illusions can be experienced first-hand and can also photographed. Our friendly staff is always available to help you out, if needed.
One of the oldest illusions is the kaleidoscope, which impressively exemplifies how the correct utilization of mirrors and angles can deceive our senses. Try counting how many faces you see during your visit with us. By the way, the word kaleidoscope stems from the Greek and means “seeing beautiful shapes”.
Have you ever heard of the Tricky Stick? It serves as proof of how a straight pole can fit through a curvature in unexpected ways.
Our bravest visitors will dare to enter the Vortex Tunnel, where they will quickly lose the ground beneath their feet. Here, heads can be turned without even falling in love. Although you will be moving across solid grounds, the spinning cylinder will make it difficult for you to move around. Come by and see for yourself.
Games, of course, play a big role for us too. At our Illuseum, you will find various gripping wooden games that are known to have caused a minor mental breakdown or two in the past. If you are looking for a challenge, you can try out the mechanical puzzle Tower of Hanoi. Legend has it that the monks in Hanoi also had to stack one rod’s tower onto another one, without ever stacking a larger disc onto a smaller one. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Even if somebody knows exactly what they’re doing, it still takes 25 minutes and 512 moves to complete the task. Have fun trying to break the record. This is especially suitable for curious minds that want to expand their horizons.
Another very popular category of illusions can be discovered in three interactive rooms at our museum. They are the perfect scenery for great entertainment and amazing photos.
Inside the Ames room, distorted walls and textures are used to create some incredible effects. Something small quickly turns into something huge. This room is not only funny for the people inside, because viewers standing on the outside can watch as their companions turn from dwarfs into giants in no time. The ophthalmologist Adalbert Ames originally developed the effect to prove that for monocular viewing, people use their past experiences in order to process depth information. He’d probably be surprised to hear that his idea is being used for movies like Lord of the Rings, as well as for the personal entertainment of our countless visitors every day.
Our tilted room will have you question everything you ever knew about gravity. You’ll know what we are talking about once you’re inside.
If you have always wanted to hang down from the ceiling like Spider Man, our reversed room is just the one for you! Crazy photos are guaranteed. However: Don’t forget to rotate the photo before sharing it.