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Museum of Illusions Genoa | Mind-bending optical adventure

Genoa's delightful Illusion Museum is a journey of perception. Located in the heart of Genoa, Italy, this museum challenges your perception and provides a fun learning experience for all ages. Highlights include holograms, vortex tunnels, Ames rooms, and more. Explore ticket info, highlights, opening hours, and plan your visit with our dedicated "Know Before You Go" section. Discover directions to this captivating attraction all on one page.

Why visit Museum of Illusions Genoa?

Museum of Illusions, Genoa
  • Mind-Bending Illusions: Experience captivating optical wonders that challenge perception.
  • Interactive Learning: Discover the fascinating science behind these illusions while having fun.
  • Photo Paradise: Enjoy unique, photogenic moments throughout the museum.
  • Hands-On Exploration: Engage with exhibits and become part of the wonderous process.
  • All-Weather Fun: Perfect for year-round indoor entertainment.

What to see at Museum of Illusions, Genoa?

Ames Room at Museum of Illusions, Genoa

Ames Room

Step into the mesmerizing Ames Room, where optical trickery distorts the perception of size and shape. As you move around, your companions may appear to grow or shrink, creating a cool and amusing visual illusion.

Person interacting with hologram


Witness the magic of three-dimensional holograms that seem to hover in mid-air, offering a mesmerizing and immersive experience. These holographic images showcase the cutting edge of illusion technology.

Infinity Room

Infinity Room

Nothing strikes fascination and awe like the much celebrated Infinity Room, where strategically placed mirrors create the illusion of an infinite, never-ending space. It's a place where reality blends seamlessly with illusion.

Vortex Tunnel

Vortex Tunnel

Test your balance and spatial awareness as you navigate the Vortex Tunnel. Even though the tunnel is stationary, it gives the impression of spinning, making it an exhilarating and fun challenge.

Anti-Gravity Room

Anti-Gravity Room

Enter a room that defies the laws of gravity. Marvel at the illusion of water flowing upward instead of downward, challenging your understanding of physics in a playful way.

Mirror Maze at Museum of Illusions

Mirror Maze

Getting lost has never been more fun! Mirror Maze is an intricate labyrinth of mirrors that will leave you puzzled and delighted. Finding your way out becomes an adventure in itself.

Head on the Platter Illusion

Head on the Platter Illusion

Have a blast with friends and family as you pose for photos that appear to show your head resting on a platter, creating humorous and memorable moments.

Levitating Chair

Levitating Chair

Something as simple as a chair can entrance when it is seemingly defying gravity, hovering in mid-air. This optical illusion plays with your perception, leaving you marveling at the inexplicable.

3D Paintings

3D Paintings

Admire a collection of art that goes beyond the canvas. When viewed from the correct angle, these paintings appear to come to life, adding depth and dimension to traditional art.

Tilted House

Tilted House

Navigate a world where the laws of physics have been playfully twisted. Walls, floors, and furniture are all tilted at seemingly impossible angles, creating a disorienting yet utterly captivating experience. This exhibit challenges your sense of equilibrium and reality.

Shadow Play at Museum of Illusions

Shadow Play

Discover how shadows can be manipulated to create intriguing illusions. Watch as shadows transform into unexpected shapes and figures, adding a layer of mystery to the experience.

Anamorphic Art

Anamorphic Art

Marvel at anamorphic artworks that seem distorted until viewed from a specific angle. These pieces reveal hidden images and messages, showcasing the artistry of illusion.

Know Before you go to Museum of Illusions, Genoa

Timings of Museum of Illusions, Genoa

Monday - Sunday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Last admission: 6 PM

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Museum of Illusions Genoa is typically during weekdays in the morning or early afternoon. This allows you to enjoy the exhibits with fewer crowds, providing a more immersive and enjoyable experience. Additionally, arriving early provides ample time to explore the illusions and take photos without rush.

Getting to Museum of Illusions, Genoa

Address: Magazzini del Cotone, 16128 Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa
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Getting There

  • By Subway: MM line
    Nearest Stop: San Giorgio, 900 m
  • By Train: R Line
    Nearest Stop: Genova Via Di Francia, 4 km
  • By Bus: 1, 13, 17, 84, 45, 82, 480
    Nearest Stop: Cavour/varco Quadrio, 650 m
  • By Car: 3.9 kms from Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
    Car Parking: 
Restrooms at Museum of Illusions, Genoa
  • Restrooms
  • Gift Shop
  • Accessibility for Wheelchairs
  • Accessibility for Prams/Strollers
  • Interactive Zones
  • Photography Permitted
  • Information Desk
  • Wi-Fi
  • Lockers/ Storage
Colourful clothes
  • Visit early in the day to beat the crowds. The illusions are even more magical when you have the exhibits to yourself.
  • Don't just observe – interact! Experiment with different angles and perspectives to fully grasp the mind-bending illusions. It's also a fantastic backdrop for optical illusion-inspired pictures.
  • Engage with the staff. They often have fascinating insights and can share behind-the-scenes details about how the illusions work.
  • The devil is in the details. Take your time to appreciate the intricate work in each illusion; you might discover hidden surprises.
  • Turn off your phone or set it to silent. Immerse yourself fully in the illusions without distractions for a heightened experience.
  • Wear vibrant colors! Some illusions react differently to different colors, and you might become part of the exhibit.
  • Some illusions involve movement or balance. If you're up for it, challenge your senses and fully engage with the interactive exhibits.
Friends cheering beer glasses at a rustic bar, Genoa
  • Old Port Bar: Stop for a break at the lovely rustic bar, interact with friendly staff and enjoy lovely views of the port.
  • Settepolpette: Unique dining concept: specializes in spherical food - meatballs, fishballs, and vegiballs, each served separately. Mix and match to taste a variety of flavors in a single order. Although, it's advisable to reserve in advance.
  • Sà Pesta: Traditional Ligurian pies and farinata pancakes, characteristic dishes of the region, are offered in a modestly furnished room adorned with tiles.
  • Trattoria delle Grazie: While small and warm, the exceptional food overshadows it all. Their pesto pasta has moved people to tears with its incredible taste.
Genoa Aquarium
  • Genoa Aquarium: A short walk away, this aquarium hosts a variety of marine life, making it a perfect stop for aquatic enthusiasts.
  • Porto Antico: Adjacent to the museum, this harbor area offers scenic views, restaurants, and attractions like the Bigo Lift and the Biosphere.
  • Galata Maritime Museum: Delve into maritime history and explore exhibits about ships, navigation, and the sea, located nearby.
  • Spianata Castelletto: A panoramic terrace offering stunning views of the city and the harbor, providing a great spot for photos.
  • Palazzo Reale: This historic royal palace features art exhibitions and beautifully decorated rooms, offering a glimpse into Genoa's regal past.

Frequently asked questions about Genoa Museum of Illusions tickets

How do I purchase tickets for the Museum of Illusions Genoa?

You can easily purchase tickets via authorized ticket booking platforms or at the museum's ticket counter upon arrival. Online booking is convenient and allows you to secure your spot in advance.

Are there different ticket options available for the Museum of Illusions?

The Museum of Illusions Genoa offers diverse ticket options, including standard admission tickets for access to the museum's exhibits and combo tickets that may include additional attractions or tours within Genoa. Combo tickets often provide added value for visitors looking to explore multiple attractions in the city.

Can I buy tickets at the museum or should I book in advance?

Both options are available for purchasing tickets at the Museum of Illusions Genoa. While tickets can be bought directly at the museum's ticket counter upon arrival, booking in advance online is recommended, particularly during peak times or to ensure availability for a specific date and time slot.

Are there discounts available for students, seniors, or children?

Yes, the museum often provides discounted rates for students, seniors, and children. It's advisable to check the website or inquire at the ticket counter for specific discounts and eligibility criteria.

What are the operating hours of the Museum of Illusions, Genoa?

The operating hours of the Museum of Illusions, Genoa, are typically from 10 AM to 7 PM. The last admission is usually at 6 PM, allowing visitors an hour to explore the exhibits before the museum closes for the day.

Do tickets include access to all exhibits and illusions in the museum?

Yes, the tickets grant access to all exhibits and illusions within the museum premises, allowing you to explore and experience the full range of captivating illusions on display.

Are there any combo tickets available that include other attractions in Genoa?

Absolutely! The museum occasionally offers combo tickets that include access to other attractions or tours in Genoa, providing added value for visitors looking to explore more in the city.

Do tickets have a specific entry time or can I enter at any time during opening hours?

Generally, tickets allow entry at any time during the museum's opening hours. There's usually no specific entry time, offering flexibility to visitors.

Is there a guided tour included with the ticket, or are they self-guided visits?

Tickets typically allow for self-guided visits, allowing you to explore the exhibits at your own pace. However, there might be guided tour options available for an additional fee.

Are tickets refundable or transferable if I need to change my plans?

Ticket policies may vary, but in general, tickets might be non-refundable. Some tickets might allow for date changes or transfers; it's best to check the terms and conditions at the time of purchase.