REVIEW | Illusion Antwerpen, an active and photogenic museum

Illusion Antwerpen opened just a week ago. After seeing a report on Antwerp‘s regional television ATV, I decided to go and have a look. It helps I live really nearby.

Located in an incongruous house at Frankrijklei 18 – across Antwerp Opera House – Illusion Antwerp is a small museum playing with your eyes and other senses. 

“Illusion Antwerpen is an interactive museum of wonderment. With exhibits that will challenge your senses, bewilder your mind or just feel like pure magic, one thing is for sure: you will hardly believe your eyes when you experience them for yourself. Unlike other museums, at Illusion Antwerpen you can immerse yourself into each element through touch, testing and even taking photos and videos that defy your sense of reality, allowing you to take a piece of the experience home with you”, the website says.

“Are you looking for a new fun activity with your friends, an original idea for a date, or entertainment for your kids on weekend? Or are you discovering the city of Antwerp for the first time? It has something to offer for every visitor! Illusion Antwerpen is happy to welcome you all week and all year long!”

Underneath this marketing talk, there’s a fair assessment of the offer. 


The numerous displays trick your brain into (not) believing what you see. You must actively observe or touch items. One displays needs to be done with your phone camera, so be sure to have enough life from your battery.

Also, stickers on the floor indicate the best position to take photos. 

A solo visit

I visited yesterday morning. Alone and I was the sole visitor present. That’s a bit awkward, like being the sole customer in a restaurant. But the attendant actively and kindly offered to take pictures of me. How sweet. 

Illusion Antwerpen advertises a visit advertises a visit takes about an hour, and I agree. But I recommend doing it with a friend or family. That will be much more fun.


Illusion Antwerpen will not teach you anything about Antwerp. But it’s a low-brow activity which can spark conversation. And yes, I see it work as a venue for a (first) date. It gives something to do and to talk about. 

The museum offers explanations in Dutch, English and French.

Art and museums in Antwerp

7 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Looks very interesting place.
    Thank’s for share, Timothy.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      You’re welcome, Elvira. Have a lovely weekend.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        Always a pleasure, Timothy.
        You as well!

        Liked by 1 person

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