Since Mother’s Day got rained out this year, and our original plans of checking out the Trinity Bellwoods Market was squashed—we decided to visit the Museum of Illusions.
This place was something we were looking to visit since it opened. The Museum of Illusions offers an intriguing visual, sensory and educational experience through a variety of illusions.
The space is a lot smaller than we envisioned. There are plenty of illusions to check out and some pretty interesting exhibits. If you are going with a rowdy toddler (like ours), just expect to keep a very close eye on them on a weekend—this place gets packed!
If you are looking to capture some great pictures and take a leisurely stroll through the space, then I suggest going during the day during the week. It felt a bit rushed when it was so busy because people are impatient and want their pic for the gram.
Located on Front Street, you can access the Museum by TTC, car and by foot. We parked on a side street and walked a block over. If you are going during the week, you probably will have an easier time finding parking. Since it is so close to the St Lawrence Market, parking on the weekends can be a bit of a headache—so be sure to give yourself plenty of time.
Stroller Accessibility: 4
The space is stroller accessible and has ramps for the upper level. If you want to park your stroller, there isn’t much space so plan on having it with you the entire time. Since the weekends are so busy & the space is tight, baby wearing may be a better option. We brought our stroller and just found it awkward to maneuver around the crowds.
The exhibits were definitely fun and suitable for an older child. Our toddler loved running around and seeing the different illusions, but let’s be honest she had no idea what anything was. It was a lot of fun for all the adults we went with and my 11 year old sister.
The staff were friendly and helpful and the noise levels were moderate. We were there during peak time on a busy Sunday and it wasn’t too crazy—but definitely too loud for a sleeping baby.
The washrooms were large enough to fit your stroller, but there were no change tables. They have a self serve coat check (basically leave your coat in a room with hangers) and some people left their strollers in there too—check with the staff first.
Food and Drinks: N/A
There is no food and drink allowed or available to purchase.
Price Point: 3
Okay, I am all for an experience—but this was a bit on the expensive side for what it was. If the space was larger and maybe if there were double the amount of illusions, then I would justify the cost. But since we spent less than an hour there and saw everything on a crowded day….I can’t tell you that the cost was worth it. If you can find a Groupon or discount code, then take advantage of that before booking.
The pricing is the following:
- Adults (16+): $23.50
- Child (3-15 years): $19.50
- Family (2 adults, 2 children): $78.50
Overall Rating: 3.5
We had a great time because we were with family and that’s all that matters right? In terms of the cost for the experience, I can honestly say it was a little much for what you got. We did get some cute pics and learned a bit about the world of illusions, but the space was a bit small and crowded. If you are looking for something unique to do, then definitely check it out—but maybe try and get a deal first!
Museum of Illusions Exhibits: https://museumofillusions.ca/exhibits/
Museum of Illusions Tickets: https://museumofillusions.ca/tickets/
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