From the earliest days of human existence illusions made people curious. Some would call it witchcraft, some would say it’s magic, but some knew that it was all a fantasy. Scientists believe that even prehistoric artists were creating mind-bending rock paintings in caves on the territory of today’s France and Germany.

Historical illusions

Artists, craftsmen and a whole dynasty

A part of the exhibits in our permanent exhibition has been created in ancient times. One of the reproduced objects, presented at the museum, can be traced back to the Han dynasty, that ruled China from 206 BC until 220 AD. Since the object was made to tease the mind of an emperor, it will surely test your perception and judgement.

As the world developed, in later periods, a lot of craftsmen and artists used all kinds of techniques to create an illusion in paintings, sculptures and other types of craft. In that way, artists created amazement and excitement to build up their reputation and gain promotion at courts in Europe and all throughout the “old world”.

Some famous examples were created in the Renaissance, as a lot of artists used illusions to present motives, ideas or even persons that were either forbidden to mention or not made for everyone to see. Part of the exhibition covering that period in history will bring you great fun.

Various historical illusions are a part of our exhibition at the Krakil Museum of illusions in Krakow. Make sure to check all types of illusions that we have in our museum – opticalhistorical and special illusions.

Tickets are available for purchase, and the museum is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.

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