Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to attend the Eyellusions Exhibit with my family.
Imagine learning the secrets behind the greatest illusions of all times! Our family tried to do just that at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center this past weekend at the new Eyellusions Exhibit. This one-of-a-kind exhibit debuted in September and reveals the neuroscience behind mind-bending illusions and ambiguous phenomena that have blown minds for centuries.
I will admit that I was a little concerned that my toddler might be bored because she isn’t old enough to read about the science behind the illusions, but boy, was I wrong. There are so many eye-catching activities and areas that kept her entertained the entire time. Yeah, maybe we weren’t able to fully read all the descriptions, but we had a blast playing with all the different activities.
The incredible Zoetrope: 8 feet wide pre-film animation device where 12 wooden horse sculptures appear to be running. I took a video of it, but I don’t want to give away the entire experience. You will have to go to the museum yourself to experience this spectacular eyellusion! Let’s just say Reese stood in awe watching them over and over.
The Alice in Wonderland Ames room: Ames room where guests can enter and look big or small depending on their position in the room. The whole display is inspired by the revelations in David Day’s Decoding Wonderland book. You know I love Alice in Wonderland!
Time machine: Using a pepper’s ghost effect, guests enter a “time machine” and seem to disappear before the audience.
Movie theater: Vintage-looking theater with a stage for magicians to preform shows. When a live performance is not scheduled, a short film called “Rescue on Mars” will be playing. It will emulate old cinema techniques and show viewers just how simple these practical effects can be recreated at home.
The dress: A Victorian version of the infamous black and blue (or white and gold) dress that “broke the internet” will be displayed. Guest will be able to play with the light intensity and discover what makes it change color. Reese loved dancing in front of the light and the staff was super cool about her actually touching the dress. They said it was all kid-friendly and not to worry which was unlike any other museum experience I have had. The staff was so friendly!
Overall, my family had a great time and I absolutely LOVED that it was so close to home. Parking was plentiful, the staff was great, and the exhibits were entertaining and educational. Another bonus – the gift shop isn’t outrageously expensive like some other museums’ gift shops can be! We will definitely be back.
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Sci-Tech Discovery Center Eyellusions Exhibit Information
WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015 – January 4, 2016
WHERE: Sci-Tech Discovery Center 8004 North Dallas Parkway Frisco, TX 75034
Ticket information, Hours of Operation and Directions can be found online.