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Museum of Amsterdam Illusions Reviews
Walked up to the musiem and all the shutters were down so we assumed it was closed. Suddenly a man came out and let us in to a run down front room - looked very unofficial and to be honest I was a... more »
worst thing I did in Amsterdam. What a scam. paid £20 euros to enter a sad looking room with paintings on the wall. Took around 5 minutes to walk around the building. This place may be aimed more... more »
Before visiting the Museum of Illusions we had no idea what to expect, but it was one of the few attractions open in Amsterdam on New Year's Day so thought it would be a fun way to kill a few hours. It wasn't immediately clear what we were supposed to do when we first entered the museum - there are a lot of paintings on the wall with strange perspectives, but it was hard to tell exactly what the illusions were. Eventually a staff member took pity on us and showed us the small camera icons on the floor, which show where you are meant to stand while taking a picture of the illusion. Another thing that wasn't totally clear is that most of the illusions need a person in the photo, for instance a picture of a bubble which makes it seem as if a person sitting on the floor is inside the bubble. To be fair there are small example photos on the walls next to many of the illusions, but the fact that a lot of these were missing was quite disappointing. It would have been helpful for the greeter to explain to us how the illusions worked when we paid, as we were not the only group to have trouble understanding how it worked. The way that the illusions are set up means that photographers will often get in each other's way when taking photos of an illusion. We were lucky that when we went the museum wasn't very busy, but we can imagine that if there are even 6 or 7 groups this would cause a lot of frustration. Having said that, the artwork itself was impressive and it's clear that the artists involved are very talented. In all we spent around 30-45 minutes in the museum, which we don't think warrants the €12 price tag (maybe €5-6 would be more suitable). However, it was a nice way to spend a little of our New Year's Day and the idea is certainly an original and fun one, so we will give it 3 stars. If you are going to visit, we recommend you go in at least a group of 3 as some illusions need 2 people in the photo.
Nice place for touring and explore Amsterdam.
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