Another museum is about to make an entrance in the Queen City. An optical illusion museum called Museum of Illusions will join the many other amazing museums in Uptown in the fall. This spot will not only trick your mind, but will look great on your social media feeds as well.

The Museum of Illusions has 36 locations in 24 countries open or in process of being built, but started in Croatia in 2015. In most of the locations, there are around 60-80 interactive exhibits that take around 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to tour. You get to experience the illusions, as well as seeing behind the scenes to learn the science and physics behind what makes them work.

The Charlotte location will be the largest installation so far for the Museum of Illusions. Located in Ally Charlotte Center at 601 S. Tryon Street. The Ally Charlotte Center was completed in 2021 and has 26 floors, and is home to the popular JINYA Ramen Bar, Salata, and Golden Cow Creamery.

This new museum is in good company Uptown. Here are some of the other amazing museums helping Charlotte to be a world class city.

  • Discovery Place Science – 301 N Tryon St – Discovery Place is a great museum of science and technology for kids of all ages. With permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits, there is always something new to see here, and almost everything is hands-on. 
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame – 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd – A shrine to NASCAR drivers, teams, crew, broadcasters and much more. See cars, fashion, and technology that makes NASCAR one of the most popular sports in the country.
  • Levine Museum of the New South – 200 E 7th St – An amazing history museum focused on the South after the Civil War. Permanent and temporary exhibits focus on life in the Piedmont Region.
  • Levine Center for the Arts – 550 S Tryon St – This campus encompasses many different museums, the Levine Center for the Arts includes: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at 420 S Tryon St. With modern art in an equally modern building thanks to architect Mario Botta. The Harvey B. Gantt African-American Arts at 551 S Tryon St. Formerly known as the Afro-American Cultural Center, it celebrates art and artists, has exhibitions, and hosts performances. The Mint Museum Uptown at 500 S Tryon St. This is a small collection of international art and artists with live performances, and educational performances. Also host to spectacular events including weddings on the rooftop deck. For additional art, see the Mint Museum on Randolph Road southwest of Uptown for a more extensive collection showcasing art and design from all around the world.  The Levine Center for the Arts also includes The Knight Theater and events coordinated through the Blumenthal Performing Arts, additionally outdoor spaces on the campus host performances.

The Museum of Illusions will be a great addition to our cultural heritage here in Charlotte and we can’t wait until it opens this fall.