The first and the only exhibition of the Museum of Illusions in Serbia, with more than 70 exhibits, has opened in Belgrade.
In the very heart of the capital, right next to the Terazije tunnel, on three floors in 11 Nušićeva Street, the most unusual museum has opened its doors to visitors who can take photographs, laugh, and talk to their heart’s content. So, what is not allowed in other museums is allowed in the Museum of Illusions. It is hard to imagine that a black rubber wheel observed t from a specific angle would look like a green ball, that a glass may be round from one angle, and rectangular from another, that the tallest man standing in one corner of a curved room would appear the shortest person in the room, vice versa: the shortest man in a different corner seems the tallest.
Optical illusions lurk all around. When in front of the “bottomless pit,” you can see thousand copies of yourself from virtually all angles , or recognize another person’s head “served” on a plate.
Museum of Illusions spreads over 400 square meters and offers an intriguing visual, sensory and educational experience – a true adventure for all generations. Through attractive and entertaining tricks, visitors learn a lot about sight , perception, human brain and science, and can understand why our eyes see things that the brain does not understand – says Danijela Tomasevic, director of the Museum.
Some exhibits are on loan from a foreign franchise, and mostly hail from the United States and Great Britain, while others are specific to this museum.
– We have also got a smart playroom, which offers proper brain fitness through various didactic concepts and the so called ‘Quandaries’. The museum store offers souvenirs and fun didactic toys for all ages, which enables each visitor to experience the wonder of discovery and take home a part of this treasure throve, thus ensuring them that they have really been there, and that the experience was not one great illusion – explains Tomasevic.
Adult’s entrance fee is 600 dinars, children’s 400 dinars, and free of charge for children under five. A family card that includes parents and two children over five years of age costs 1.500 dinars – says Tomasevic and adds that a similar museum in Zagreb regularly attracts a substantial number of visitors.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.