The Museum of 3D Illusions will BLOW YOUR MIND

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What is even happening right now? I feel like I'm in some crazy person's dream! Nate and I kept making remarks like this to each other as we wandered through the Museum of 3D Illusions in San Francisco.

preschooler sitting in illusion photo

We invited our uncle and aunt Lars and Leilani, and had a hard time describing to them what exactly we were all about to witness. The Museum of 3D Illusions San Francisco is a pop up experience filled with 3D illusions and backdrops that transport visitors into otherworldly experiences – and make for some pretty killer photographs.

Illusion of golden gate bridge

We've done similar experiences in the past, including Pop-Up Disney and The Museum of Ice Cream. As social media creators, we get offered tickets to a lot of these things. Not gonna lie, it's a dream job to be able to hang with your friends and family and take silly pics for a living. Even for non-photographers, snapping selfies with your buds is an awesome way to have some indoor fun and create lifelong memories.

Museum of Illusions San Francisco

What is the Museum of 3D Illusions?

Featuring 30+ backdrops and immersive spaces, the Museum of 3D Illusions San Francisco features the opportunity to step into scenes that are painted on the walls, floor and ceilings. They offer unique depth perspectives that make it look like you're right in the action! Spaces include a zombie attack backdrop, magic carpet ride, giant snake, barrel roll, Alcatraz penitentiary, Golden Gate Bridge, weird fairy action and more.

Museum of Illusions balloon photo

They offer tips and tricks all throughout the museum, with marked floor spots showing where you should stand, anchor marks showing the ideal spot to take a photograph from, and framed photos on the wall showing the ideal photo outcome. The check-in folks are super helpful and offer a ton of suggestions about getting the proper angle for your social media shares.

Toddler and preschooler in giant illusion room

There are even props and little rooms you can enter. This one was slanted in such a way that it makes our toddler (on the left) look gigantic and our big 8-year-old (on the right) look like a tiny baby! This photo shot with adults is extra hilarious.

Kid blowing up seal balloon

Also worth noting, there are skilled photographers wandering through the space, eager to offer skilled suggestions. There are even tripod sticks for rent, everything you could possibly need to make all your Museum of 3D Illusions photo dreams come true!

Chelsea in illusion photo

Are there multiple locations for the Museum of 3D Illusions?

Yes! The Museum of 3D Illusions LA promises tons of fun with a diverse array of different backdrops, so it's totally worth it to make the drive and visit both. I certainly will. This one promises an upside down house, African safari, winged dragon and a red carpet Hollywood premiere backdrop.

Funn bubble perspective photo

Ready to visit the Museum of 3D Illusions San Francisco?

Hop on over to their website to book tickets for one of the best things to do in San Francisco! They have timed entry at their location near Pier 43 every day. They offer e-gift cards, VIP experiences, group options and birthday celebrations.

Have you been to the Museum of 3D Illusions San Francisco?

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