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Hi there! Welcome to my review of the Museum of Illusions in Las Vegas.
My friend came to town recently, and we decided to check out this new attraction. We spent two hours testing all the exhibits and taking over a hundred photos.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be that great, but we had an absolute blast!
So today, I want to help you decide if the museum is worth your time and money.
In this article, I’ll be rating it based on four criteria: exhibits, photo opportunities, cost, and staff helpfulness.
Are you ready to see what it’s like? Let’s do it!
About the Museum of Illusions
MOI Las Vegas is a museum that challenges your perceptions.
Initially, you’ll “warm up” your brain with images that play tricks on your mind. And then, as you continue, the exhibits get more immersive and mind-bending.
There are also tons of incredible photo and video opportunities. So not only will you get an educational experience, but also a free photoshoot.
Some of the exhibits can mess with your senses, though. (I couldn’t even do a few of them because I started to feel sick.)
So, if you have epilepsy, balance issues, or get motion sickness, you may want to skip this attraction.
Las Vegas Exhibits
MOI Las Vegas has over 80 exhibits to explore featuring three different types of illusions:
I’ll cover each type of exhibit in detail below and share photos from some of my favorites.
- Rating: 4/5
On the night I went, I counted roughly 20 images.
Each one has a sign next to it that tells you what you need to do to experience the optical illusion. The signs also explain why and how the effect is happening.
I’d seen a few of these before, but most were brand new to me.
Here are examples of the ones I enjoyed the most:
In this illusion, two maroon shapes are on top of each other. As you can see in the picture below, the bottom piece appears longer than the top.
At MOI, you’ll measure each piece using the black shape and determine which is longer or if the pieces are the same size.
This baffles me even now, and I still say the bottom piece is bigger!
I’m fascinated by Nikola Tesla, so I was ecstatic to see an exhibit with him. But as I’m sure you can guess, this display is much more than just his face.
For instance, walking to the opposite side, you’ll see a different picture. And then, if you go behind Tesla’s face, you’ll find other images back there.
You can also get a peek at even more wall illusions at MOI in the background of this photo:
- Rating: 4.5/5
The installations inside the museum are much more interactive than the images. Many of them also offer some excellent photo opportunities.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Impossible Triangle Bench
What’s cool about the Triangle Bench is that it’s an irregular shape from almost every angle.
However, if you’re standing in just the right spot, it becomes an equilateral triangle:
At the cloning table, you’ll sit and play a poker game with five versions of you!
The installation features what appears to be a regular round table. But it’s cut in a particular place that allows the mirrors to reflect a full circle.
I wish we had also taken a picture facing the camera while tossing the cards in the air. I saw someone else do this, and the photo turned out fantastic.
Walk In Kaleidoscope
In the Walk-In Kaleidoscope, you’ll step inside an optical instrument and see different patterns and reflections.
Unfortunately, you typically won’t be able to see your face if you’re standing facing the camera.
So, our “illusion expert” told us that it’s better to turn around (and dance) for a shadow picture instead:
- Rating: 5/5
The illusion rooms are the most immersive and sensory-challenging of all the exhibits.
Some rooms offer fantastic photo backdrops, while others will mess with your senses so much that it may be hard even to step inside.
Below are a few examples of the ones I liked the best.
Inside the Infinity Room, you’ll experience the feeling of infinite space.
Multiple mirrors are installed in this exhibit, so you’ll see yourself from all different angles when you stand in the center.
The ceiling in this exhibit is also really gorgeous. Next time I go, I’m taking some photos from a lower angle to capture more of it in the shot:
The Tilted Room has tilted walls and a slanted ceiling and floor. So when you step inside, it feels like you’re the one who is leaning – and not the room.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t do this exhibit. I took one step in and felt like I would be sick.
In hindsight, I probably could’ve done it had I taken my time and known what I was getting myself into.
My friend, on the other hand, had no problem at all. Here she is leaning in true MJ fashion, although in the opposite direction:
The Slanted Room tricks your mind into thinking that one person is much bigger than the other. But it’s actually the angled floor that makes one guest appear larger.
Here again, I had some trouble walking on the slope. But this time, I stayed close to the wall to keep my balance, and it worked out well!
This room is a fun exhibit to explore the contrast between two people. We weren’t super creative in our “contrast” here, but you get the idea:
Staff: Illusion Experts
- Rating: 5/5
The “illusion experts” at the museum are very helpful! It felt like we had our own tour guides for the first 30 minutes.
One expert walked us through the wall images and showed us how the illusions work. Then, we met another staff member who took photos of us in all the rooms.
So, I definitely recommend asking for help if you have questions or need someone to take your picture. They’re more than willing to assist you.
Value For The Money
- Cost: $45 adult, $35 child
- Number of Exhibits: 80+
- Duration: 60-90 minutes
I think the Museum of Illusions is reasonably priced for a Las Vegas attraction. With over 80 exhibits, we felt it was worth the money we paid.
We enjoyed it so much that we even went back through some of the exhibits a second time when we reached the end.
But even if you’re not into illusions, I’d say going for the photo ops alone is worth the price of admission.
How Long Does It Take To Walk Through?
Most guests stay about an hour; however, you can easily extend your time by hanging out in the puzzles area. They have some cool dilemma games – like making a shape from wooden pieces.
- Exhibits: 4.5/5
- Photo Ops: 4.7/5
- Staff: 5/5
- Value for the money: 5/5
- Overall: 4.8
What I Enjoyed The Most
Although the images were interesting, I liked the installations and rooms the most. I found many of them challenging, especially the Slanted and Tilted Rooms.
I also appreciated all the personal attention from the staff. As I mentioned above, one expert even became our personal photographer.
But the best part of the entire experience was that we couldn’t stop laughing.
It was just way more fun than I ever expected and felt more like an adventure than a museum!
What Could Be Improved
I don’t have much to say that’s negative about the attraction. Other than that, it took us a few minutes to figure out what we were supposed to do at some of the exhibits.
So, I recommend finding an expert to help you get started at the beginning.
I also think it would be great if the museum added a few more installations and rooms so that the entire experience lasted longer.
Who It’s Best For
In my opinion, MOI is an excellent choice for groups of two people or more and for guests that enjoy:
- interactive attractions
- things that trick your mind
- magic and illusions
- dilemma games and puzzles
- taking lots of photos and selfies!
Can You Go To The Museum Of Illusions Alone?
You can certainly still enjoy the museum solo. But it’s more fun if you have at least one person to do the exhibits with.
You’ll also need someone to take your picture at most exhibits. The staff will often help with photos, though. But when it’s busy, they may be less available.
Other Museum of Illusions Reviews
As the Museum of Illusions Las Vegas just opened last year, it’s still relatively new, and there aren’t a lot of reviews yet on all the platforms. But the feedback so far is very favorable.
Please note that counts and rankings are as of the date of this article:
- Vegas.com: 4.5/5.0, 5 reviews
- TripAdvisor: 5.0/5.0, 22 reviews
- Google: 4.9/5.0, 1,293 reviews
Tips For A Great Experience
Below are some tips and suggestions based on my experience at the Museum of Illusions. I’ve also included some things that I wish we had done differently.
Read The Signs
This one may sound obvious, but it’s important to read the signs for a full explanation of the illusion.
They’ll often give you some excellent photo-posing ideas. Or warn you of any potential issues you may encounter, like trouble balancing or motion sickness.
Not all of the signs are close to the installations, though. So sometimes you have to go behind an exhibit (or to the side) to read what it’s about.
Stand On The Camera Stickers
Standing on the camera stickers is essential to getting the illusions to line up in photos. Otherwise, you may see how the effect is done.
For instance, at the Beauchet Chair, our photographer wasn’t standing in quite the right spot. Looking at the photo below, you can see the gap between the chair legs and seat.
A few inches over, though, and it would’ve been perfect:
Wear Colors That Pop Against The Walls
Unfortunately, wearing a magenta sweater wasn’t the best option for photos. Part of me blended in with the wall in the Slanted Room, almost disappearing.
So, based on my experience, I recommend wearing colors that pop against the walls.
Most walls inside the museum are magenta and orange. However, the Reversed Room features a dark blue night sky.
So if you choose colors other than these, you’ll stand out more in your photos.
Get A Locker
Museum of Illusions Las Vegas has free lockers for guests – although they are first-come, first-served.
We got one when we went, and it was so nice not to have to worry about our belongings while we were inside the museum. We just took our phones with us, and that was it.
If you’re interested in getting one, too, you can find the lockers next to the front counter before you enter.
Research Picture Ideas
I wish we had been more creative in our posing! Even just changing the position of your arms in some exhibits makes a BIG difference in how the pictures turn out.
So, if you’re like me and could use a little inspiration, you might want to look at what other people have done on Instagram or Google before you go.
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My Final Thoughts
The Museum of Illusions surprised me. I had never been to an “illusion museum” before, and I was shocked by how much fun we had.
We got so carried away taking photos, though, that I didn’t spend as much time learning about the exhibits. So, next time I go, I’ll definitely focus more on that.
Overall, I recommend checking out this attraction. It’s affordably priced and a great way to spend the afternoon or evening in Vegas!