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Posted On: 22 January 2020 05:30 pm
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12 mind-blowing reasons to visit the Museum of Illusions Doha

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Illusion or reality? You’ll find yourself asking that question every time you go through the brain games and optical illusions at this first-of-its-kind museum in Qatar. Museum of Illusions is not your ordinary museum as it is a “smart playroom and a fitness center for the brain.” If you haven’t visited this museum yet, scroll down to find out why you need to visit ASAP!

1. Mind-boggling illusions for kids and adults

Enter the world of illusions and spark your sense of wonder from the various interactive illusions, displays, and rooms inside the Museum of Illusions (MOI). Be amazed by the different optical and photo illusions or test your imagination with the Ames Room, Anti-Gravity Room, and Vortex Tunnel. It’s a visual, sensory and educational adventure for everyone! Whether you’re up for an adventure, a family excursion, co-workers gathering, Instagrammable moments or simply looking to broaden your knowledge and perspective, the Museum of Illusions, has something to please anyone from 3 to 99 years old.

Their exhibits are based on science, mathematics, biology, and psychology. Visitors usually take around 45 minutes to two hours in the museum but you don’t need to worry because there’s no time limit!

Click here to read more on the illusions inside the Museum of Illusions!

Image courtesy of Museum of Illusions Doha

2. It’s here to stay!

In case you’re still wondering, Museum of Illusions Doha is not a pop-up or a temporary exhibit! It’s here to stay and they’re open every day including holidays!

3. They support dogs and cats for adoption

In collaboration with Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS), the museum has recently started a new initiative to help people be reminded that a dog or cat is in need of a permanent home.

Their Dilemma Games, educational toys available at the museum gift shop, are embellished with the pictures of cute dogs and cats with the words “Please adopt me” and the contact number.

4. They cater to Special Needs

In its commitment to be accessible, the Museum of Illusions has a wheelchair on-site and also provides Braille inscriptions for the blind. The museum has also been audited and advised by Accessible Qatar on how to be inclusive. Soon, they will also provide magnifying glass.

Every first Saturday of the month, from 9 am to 10 pm, MOI extends a special invitation to visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other needs to explore the museum with their families. In line with this, the museum will lower the audio volume on exhibits, dim the lights in the premises, and limit the crowd capacity to reduce stimuli. A Sensory Friendly Pre-Visit guide is available upon request.

5. You can celebrate your kid’s birthday here

Tired of the usual birthday parties for kids? Children can have a unique celebration inside the Museum of Illusions through their two packages. Kids will have a blast with the illusions and will also learn from the brain games provided.

Reservations are required at least 14 days in advance.

Option 1: Around the Museum and Party Room

Package includes:

  • children ticket price 60 QR (5-15 years)
  • usage of the Party room 250 QR (catering is organised by the celebrator;
  • museum staff escort (upon request to help with smaller kids) 100 qr
  • max. 25 children
  • compulsory escort of two adults who have free entrance
  • the celebration takes 2 hours: the first hour for the museum tour and the second hour for catering
  • celebrations available within the Museum of Illusions opening hours
  • for all other matters, general rules of the Museum applies

Option 2: Around the Museum and Party Room plus Magician

Package includes:

  • children ticket price 60 QR (5-15 years)
  • usage of the Party room 250 QR (catering is organised by the celebrator;
  • museum staff escort( upon request to help with smaller kids ) 100 QR
  • magician 250 QR
  • max. 25 children
  • compulsory escort of two adults who have free entrance
  • the celebration takes 2 hours: the first hour for the museum tour and the second hour for catering
  • celebrations available within the Museum of Illusions opening hours
  • for all other matters, general rules of the Museum applies

6. Or have your Team Building activity here

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Kids don’t have all the fun. Because at the Museum of Illusions, the adults are usually the ones who end up having more fun! Bring the whole team and get to compete against each other in solving the different brain puzzles.

Reservations are required at least 14 days in advance.

Team Building Package:

  • Introduction and group tour through the museum
  • Team assembling of different mind games
  • Minimum 10 and maximum of 30 people
  • One hour and half usage of the Party room 200 qr
  • Team building events are available from Sunday to Thursday in the opening hours of the Museum.
  • All the activities need to be finished half an hour before the closing time of the Museum.
  • For all other matters, the General terms and conditions of the Museum of Illusions apply.

7. You can even hold your events here and rent the whole place

The museum can also be the next venue for your events. Just contact the Museum team so that they can customize an experience for you and make your event memorable.

You can also rent the whole place for a private visit! The VIP package includes snacks and refreshments and an exclusive dedicated guide for up to 10 people. Contact the Museum of Illusions for more details!

Reservations are required at least 14 days in advance.

8. Kids love them!

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More and more schools are adding the Museum of Illusion to their school trips. You’ll often find the museum fully packed during weekday mornings because of this.

So if you want a quieter visit, the best time to go would be during weekday afternoons.

9. They also offer freebies

What can you get for free? When you visit the museum, you’ll get free WiFi and free one-hour parking at The Gate! If you’re a family of 2 adults and 2 kids (below 15 years old), you’ll also get one child ticket free. You’ll only pay 220 QAR instead of 280 QAR.

10. Welcoming and well-trained staff

Having a hard time reading the names of the illusions and their descriptions? Fret not, MOI’s team is comprised of multinational and multilingual individuals(Arabic, English, French, and Filipino ) all ready to help you have the most out of your visit.

11. You can take home a piece of the action

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The fun doesn’t have to stop once you leave the museum. At their Smart Shop, you have a chance to take home any of their Dilemma games and souvenirs.

Dilemma games are wooden puzzles that will exercise your brain and enhance your cognitive abilities. They have more than 70 kinds at the gift shop. There are also t-shirts, keychains, magnets, bendy pencils, and more which you can give to your family and friends.

12. Camera-friendly

MOI is not only camera-friendly, they actually encourage you to take a lot of photos! They make it easy for you to capture the best shots by placing markers on the floor where you and your photographer can stand. Their helpful and knowledgeable staff are also on standby whenever you need assistance, whether to find out how to take the best angle or even when you need someone to take photos for you!

BONUS: Visit them this upcoming Sports Day (February 11, 2020) and try to break the record for their three selected games and you'll get a prize!

How to get to the Museum of Illusions:

Metro: Take the Doha Metro and go down at DECC Station. Find the Omar Al Mukhtar St. exit and just follow the signs until you get out of the Metro station. Walk until you reach The Gate entrance and head upstairs to the first floor. You’ll see the Museum of Illusions beside Qavanna.

Car: Follow the maps until you reach The Gate Mall.

Bus: You can take the Bus Route 75 (Karwa) which runs every 15 minutes between City Center and Qatar Tennis Centre via Ezdan Hotels. The bus runs from 6 am to 9 pm. Fare is QAR 3.

Ticket prices:

  • Adult: 80 QAR
  • Kids: 60 QAR (3 to 15 years old)
  • Family: 220 QAR (2 adults/2 kids)
  • Special Needs: 40 QAR

Note: Food and drinks are not allowed inside; No toilets inside the museum.

Opening Hours:

  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 am to 10 pm
  • Friday: 1 pm to 10 pm

Museum of Illusions details:

Location: The Gate Mall, Omar Al Mukhtar St, Doha, Qatar
Contact number:
+974 4020 6273
Instagram:
@museumofillusions_doha
Facebook:
@moi.doha.qa
Website:
www.museumofillusions.qa

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