Get Away: Museum of Illusions Washington

Discover mind-bending optical illusions at this new attraction in CityCenterDC.
Beuchet Chair

Play with perception at the new Museum of Illusions Washington in CityCenterDC (Courtesy photo)

Opened in December, the Museum of Illusions Washington continues a museum concept first launched in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2015. As the 40th of its kind, the Washington, D.C., location is a playful place to test your perceptions while learning science, math and mind-bending tidbits.

Hang upside down (seemingly) in a subway car, walk through the Vortex Tunnel (for those with a strong constitution) and discover what your head would look like on a platter.

Vortex Tunnel

The Vortex Tunnel at the Museum of Illusions Washington (Courtesy photo)

Illusionistic rooms challenge your sense of size and space and “illusion experts” stationed throughout are happy to offer fun photo assists. Rounding out the offerings are a playroom with games and puzzles, and a museum shop selling take-home brain teasers.

Changing Noses

Morphing faces (Courtesy photo)

The museum is located in CityCenterDC, an area that’s also home to cafés, restaurants and chic shops such as Chanel, Gucci and Ferragamo.

Clone Table

The Clone Table (Courtesy photo)

Walk-ins are welcome, but to avoid a potential wait—and lines to get in each exhibit—buy tickets in advance and visit at off-peak times.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $23.95 for adults; $18.95 for children 5-12; $21.95 for seniors (65+), military and students; free for children under 5.  

Museum of Illusions, 927 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-993-5992

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