Museum of Illusions in Maastricht

October 16, 2021

It sounded and looked amazing the moment I set my eyes on the Museum of Illusions Instagram page. Some months have passed and finally came the right moment to visit, with my best friend, Yuna.

So I purchased the tickets online, days ahead because we expected that it might be busy. The tickets cost 16,50 Euro per adult.

On the booked day, we were a half-hour early. We asked if we could enter before the booked timeslot. Luckily this was possible since there was a group sticking outside doing some puzzles. First, we received introductions and the opportunity to hang our coats.

After the introductions, we went to explore the museum. Right of the bat, I have gotten slightly annoyed. The employee of the museum semi follows you around, explaining each illusion and giving tips and tricks. For me, as an introvert this feels like someone invading my personal space. Let me explore in peace and read the information sign next to each illusion instead. I prefer to ask for assistance when I need it.

I knew beforehand what kind of illusions there were since the majority of them were listed on their website. There were some impressive illusions. They are more amazing than what you see online as a photograph or video. So it was nice seeing and experiencing it in real life.


But in the end, I feel underwhelmed and slightly disappointed. Museum of Illusions is, in my opinion, not an actual museum but more like a popup store. It is small. Within a half-hour, you are back at the entrance. In other words, I expected a lot more!

I wouldn’t recommend visiting the Museum of Illusions unless you got money to spare.


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