Lonely Planet Writer

A Museum of Illusions has opened in Ljubljana, Slovenia

A new museum in Ljubljana promises to be a mind-bending experience. The Museum of Illusions in the Slovenian capital aims to take travellers through a series of optical illusions, holograms and more.


According to its website, visitors will have to have their cameras ready for exhibits that make people look like their head is on a platter, a rotated room where they can walk on the ceiling, an “anti-gravity” room where balls rolls upwards and water flows uphill, and an Ames room that will make visitors shrink and grow like Alice in Wonderland. There is also the Vortex Tunnel that “will drive you crazy and make you believe you’re heavily struggling just to make a step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat”.

Museum of Illusions in Slovenia.
Museum of Illusions in Slovenia. Image by Museum of Illusions Facebook

But the tricks are intended to do more than just disorient, they are designed to teach visitors about vision, perceptions, the human brain and science. The museum is open every day from 9 am to 10 pm and it located at Congress Square, one of the city’s central squares. While the museum is new in Ljubljana, it’s not the first of its kind in Europe. Zadar, Croatia also has a Museum of Illusions, as does Barcelona, Moscow and St Petersburg.