If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to pass a few hours with the family, then the Museum of Illusions Kuala Lumpur could be worth focusing your attention on.
This city centre attraction relaunched on 22 June 2022 and offers two floors of mind bending pictures, fabulous photo opportunities and perplexing puzzles to keep your brain busy.
If you’ve been before it’s worth taking another look, as it has added to the illusions on offer. Although we enjoyed it as a family, I could see it working well for a group of friends or even a company team building exercise, as there are plenty of puzzles to be solved and photo opportunities to be had.
Our family’s favourites
It was not easy to choose a favourite, but if we had to pick one, we would recommend The Vortex tunnel. Walking across a dimly lit bridge isn’t so easy when the colourful tunnel is spinning around you!
We also enjoyed the Kaleidoscope. If you remember kaleidoscopes from your childhood, there is a giant version, which produces some fun photos and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
My personal favourite was a very clever mirror installation. If you don’t have children and happen to be at the museum with a potential life partner, this piece lets you see what a combination of your faces look like.
A word of warning: I may not have had kids if I had seen the results this optical illusion produced between me and my husband, it was very disturbing. I couldn’t possible share it, but would recommend you give it a go yourself, if you fancy some fun. It can be tricky to get the right angle, so do ask the friendly staff there to help you, as they know just what to do. And that goes for any other installation if you are not sure how it works.
Other pieces worth looking out for are the head on the platter (this is not as gruesome as it sounds), the anti gravity room and chair illusion, which makes even the biggest adult look tiny.
If you can take your time, in other words you are not there with under 5-year-olds, then there are lots of optical illusions on the walls throughout the museum that are worth taking a moment to marvel at.
The cost of a ticket for those over 15 years old is RM35 with a MyKad card, it’s RM25 for children and RM30 for students and OAPs, again with a MyKad card. If you don’t hold one it will cost you an extra RM10 each. A ticket is also available for a family of four starting at RM90.
The museum is open 10am to 10pm every day of the week. You’ll find it on the first floor of the Ansa Hotel, that is sandwiched between the Lot 10 and Fahrenheit 88 shopping malls on Jalan Bukit Bintang. If you want to find out more, visit their website here, email them here or call 017 2282 890.
The Museum of Illusions is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, so it’s perfect if you want to make a day of it and grab dinner or lunch before or afterwards. We went early and found plenty of parking in Lot 10, where we also managed to grab a Japanese pancake as a reward for solving all the puzzles, or at least trying to!
Looking for more fun places to visit with kids? Here is our review of Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, another great museum to visit with kids!
We were invited by the Museum of Illusions. As always, our opinion is honest and our own.