Photo: Eye Trick Museum


Trick Eye, Mexico’s first optical illusion museum, will open its doors to the public on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Located inside Mexico City’s upscale Antara shopping mall, the museum is the Trick Eye brand’s 10th museum worldwide and its first in the Americas.

Originally established in South Korea in 2012, Trick Eye uses a combination of cell phone apps (which visitors are invited to download when they reach the museum) and three-dimensional effects to make nearly 100 wall paintings and sculptures spread out across 1,800 square meters come alive visually and with sound effects.

Visitors are then invited to take photos or videos of the experience with their cell phones.

The images on the walls run the gamut from ocean monsters with tidal waves to erupting volcanos to classic art works to dinosaurs to fairytale settings.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, during a rather chaotic press preview of the hands-on, please-do-touch museum, which is aimed at all ages and will remain open year-round from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., nearly a third of the apps did not work, and even those that did often cut out during the experience.

Notwithstanding, one of the technical assistants pointed out that if we shook our phones up and down for a few seconds, the apps would usually then work properly.

Presumably, these glitches will be resolved by the time the museum opens to the public.

Mexico’s new Trick Eye Museum is expected to receive about 3,000 visitors a day, according to a press release provided by the owners.

Entrance fees will fluctuate depending on the day and season from about 199 pesos per person to 299 pesos per person, and during the first two weeks of December, there will be a special 50 percent off sale.


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