We know, mamas, we’re always in need of some fresh activity inspo for the restless kiddos! If you are looking for an outing that is not only fun but affordable, and completely unique then get ready to head to the Hong Kong Trick Eye Museum.
This museum features intricate and incredibly realistic paintings on the floors, walls, and other flat surfaces which create a magical 3D environment (guaranteed to enchant the kiddos)! But do not be scared off by the word “museum,” because unlike others, this museum encourages visitors to touch, play and climb on the artwork – and to capture a few photographs whilst doing it!
The first museum of this kind originated in the cultural hub of Hongdae, South Korea. Since opening its doors in 2010, the museum has developed such a large following that four new branches have opened to meet demand. Hong Kong is one of only two international branches, the other of which can be found in Singapore. However, the mind-bending displays rely on a tricky painting technique called Trompe-l’oeil (or Optical illusion, in English), which is said to have its roots in the ancient Greek and Roman periods.
In total the museum contains about 50 optical illusion installations, spread out into five interconnected, themed rooms titled: Secret Garden, World of Masterpieces, Great Adventure, Neverland, and Hong Kong Discovery. Let’s just say, you will definitely be able to find a perfect scene for anyone and everyone!
I particularly enjoyed the Great Adventure room, which allowed you to race motorcycles, sky dive, and scale a cliff all within a matter of minutes. The Hong Kong Discovery is pretty special too, as you get to see your everyday city views transformed in to wild and outrageous displays featuring monster fish and giant, sky-scraper-bashing babies!
The best part? You do not need to be a skilled (or even half decent) photographer to capture some great pics here. Each installation is equipped with instructions on where and how to best pose for, and take, the photo for the ultimate 3D effect every time!
Sassy Mama Tip: My only word of advice is this: if you are planning to go on a weekend, head up in the morning to avoid the crowds. You do not want any photo-bombers in these one-of-a-kind memories!
All the details…
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am – 9pm (last admission at 8pm)
How much: Can be bought online or at the door. Adults $150, Seniors and kids (aged 11 and below) $100
The Trick Eye Museum, Shop 1, Level 3, Peak Galleria, The Peak.
Happy snapping, mamas!