Museums of Illusions Atlanta

264 19th St. NW

Things are definitely not always as they appear when you visit The Museum of Illusions. My crew of 5th graders had a blast exploring the interactive elements of the museum and learning how each illusion works. I enjoyed it as well and recommend checking it out for these reasons:

Great Photo Ops

A lot of the fun from the exhibits are the photos that reveal the illusions. There are markers on the floor to guide you about where to stand to take the photos or take advantage of the museum’s built-in cameras by scanning the ticket they give you when you arrive. This is especially helpful if you only have two in your party as many of the illusions require two or more people to get the full effect.

Lots of Laughs

Thanks to the wacky photo reveals and silly positions you may find yourself in, there was plenty of laughing during our visit. My son and his friend got a huge kick out of pretending each other were the main dish and seeing how their sizes changed in the various exhibits.

The Vortex Tunnel

This was by far the kids’ favorite thing! I have to warn other parents, though. It was my least favorite thing, and I spoke to a couple of other moms who agreed. Though the walkway itself is stationary, it REALLY feels like you are walking through space, so if you don’t like roller coasters or get motion sickness, I suggest just waiting by the exit of the tunnel like I did while the boys went through the tunnel at least a dozen times!

A Little Learning Along the Way

Each of the experiences from color illusions to spatial ones and everything in between are explained in just a few sentences. It’s great for older kids because they can read the information themselves and, for younger kids, you can easily tell them how and why the illusion worked.

Know Before You Go:

  • To make your experience smooth, be sure to buy a timed entrance ticket before you arrive. The tours are self-guided, so the number of people per entry is limited. Lines did still form at a few of the more interactive or illusions, but they moved quickly.
  • The Museum is located on an upper level at Atlantic Station near the “number 5” parking marker. You can also park closer to “number 2” but will have to walk a bit more. The first two hours of parking are free, so if you only do the Museum, you won’t have to pay to park.
  • Try to limit how much stuff you bring into the Museum with you. Many of the illusions are active, so having your hands free is helpful.

– Tali Benjamin