One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is the opportunity to visit a myriad of unique places. Last weekend Billy and I were invited to explore the Hollywood Museum of Illusions. I’ve visited a number of pop-ups and museums in L.A., but I rate this as one of the best immersive art experiences in Hollywood. It’s divided into two fantasy realms—the 3D Illusions area and the Upside Down House. Both are designed to spark creativity, make you laugh, and give you an escape from everyday reality. Here are our highlights (and favorite optical illusion photographs) from our visit.
The Upside Down House.
The immersive experience was managed extremely well—only small groups were allowed in at a time. We loved being able to go at our own pace, which took us about an hour to explore each area. The staff was super helpful. They were there to give suggestions on how to pose, answer questions, or take your picture. You’re encouraged to use your imagination, but there’s an image next to each illustration to help inspire you.
The mural of DTLA—Billy and I thought we spotted our apartment in the corner.
The circus clown made Billy look miniature.
The vibrant birds were painted on the wall but the flowers were standing on the floor, giving it a 3D effect.
It was fun to be able to interact with the art rather than having to admire it from afar.
Billy practicing his jiu jitsu.
After we finished, we went over to the other side to tour the Upside Down House. The reason I say “tour” is because you go from room to room. There are seven unique spaces to pass through and even fewer people are allowed in there, which provided us time to appreciate and photograph each room. Literally everything is in reverse—beds, kitchen appliances, closets, a bathtub, a couch—anything you would find in a typical home hovers above your head.
We began at the entryway where a giant bike hung on the ceiling.
Next, we visited this bright and cheery bathroom.
This area reminded me of the bedroom I had growing up because the walls were the same color pink and the room had a similar aesthetic.
The decorative items on the dresser brought me back to my childhood.
How cute is this kitchen table with coffee, pie, eggs, croissants, and fruit loops?
Each space had its own incomparable vibe, but my favorite was this bedroom and its rainbow mural. I love the bold colors.
Whether you live in L.A, or you’re just visiting, I highly recommend the Museum of Illusions. It’s such an entertaining spot to let loose, interact with friends and family or your significant other and take everlasting pictures. We saw people of all ages (from tots to senior citizens) equally enjoying their immersive experience.
Our tickets were for 5PM so after we finished we spent the rest of the evening walking around Hollywood, (something we hadn’t done in a long time). For dinner, we went across the street to Mel’s Drive-in and got Impossible burgers. As we waited for our food to arrive we looked at our one-of-a-kind 3D photos and narrowed down our favorites. Before we headed home we ended our evening by stopping in Ameoba Music and browsed the world’s largest selection of vinyl. It was such a fun and different kind of date night—I can’t wait to do it again! The Museum of Illusions often changes up their rooms so you can get a totally different experience each time you stop by.