Trick Eye Museum is a group of 3D museums found across Asia. It originated in Seoul, Korea in 2010 and has since expanded to other countries like China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It will soon open its doors in other parts of the world, including India and the USA. But what is it?
Trick Eye – the name is the shortened version of “Trick of the Eye”, an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional paintings through the use of optical illusions. This technique is called Trompe-l’oeil in French, which combines the words trompe (to deceive) and loeil (eye) to describe exactly what this kind of art is all about. Given the right angle, framing, and even good acting, it can really trick one’s eye! And in this museum, it’s really all about that.
Earlier this month, we flew to Singapore for a few days and this museum was part of our “must-visit stops”. It was the perfect timing since they had just renovated. According to my friend who saw our Instagram photos, so much has changed from the time he first visited this Sentosa branch. Aside from brand new exhibits and themed zones, they have installed 4D elements to enhance visitor experience. My husband and I have been to similar museums in Japan and in the Philippines, but I must say, I truly enjoyed this one. I really like the artworks they have!
I won’t talk much about each and every display because it’s something you have to experience yourself, but I’d like to share some notes and tips for your visit:
1. It is an interactive museum, so yes, you are free to touch the artworks as you please. If you have no idea how to make the right pose, don’t worry because there are guide photos posted beside the artworks. There are also guide points on where you should take the shot from. But while there are helpful guides in every artwork, this museum is still a great avenue to practice your photography skills – it’s up to you to still make sure the angle is right, the lighting does not distract the scenery, and that the camera reflects the optical illusion perfectly (that the drawing of a box looks like a 3D box and not a flat box, for example)! Oh, and make sure you know how to rotate your photos from your camera or phone, because that will spell the difference! The panda shot above? Let’s just say it won’t work without the rotation technique!
2. Get ready to exercise! Yes, we usually walk when we visit museums, but interactive museums like this one ask you to do more – you have to do all sorts of moves to get the right pose/angle. Sometimes, you have to lay on the ground, or squat (like that mermaid photo above), or jump! It’s really a good way to workout without really feeling it! We enjoyed so much that it took us 2 hours to finish Trick Eye Museum SG!
3. It can get crowded. The whole point of this museum is for it to be your playground for photos of yourself or your friends, so expect some people to take time in taking their photos. What we did though, was that we went on a weekday before lunch – it was the best time according to a review I read, and I guess it’s true – cause we didn’t go with a large crowd and had all the time to take photos without anyone waiting for us to finish! Perfect!
4. You have to be at least 2 persons traveling together to make visiting here worthwhile. It might be very challenging to go alone even with a tripod – cause no one can check if your pose is correct! Having a companion means you can laugh at each other’s silly poses, too! Just like how my husband made me LOL with his ballerina pose! This might sound like common sense, but for people who have never visited museums like this one, it might not be something that’s considered before visiting! Of course, you can also kindly ask someone to take your photo.
5. Trick Eye Singapore is one of the best ways to beat Singapore heat! Seriously. Singapore can get really, really hot, so while waiting for a cooler time of the day, you can spend a few hours here and beat the heat. It is located in Sentosa Island (which may be reached by Cable Car, Sentosa Express Train, bus, or by foot!), so this is the perfect morning stop before exploring the rest of Sentosa. It’s important to note that they have no restroom, though. So make sure to do a restroom stop before going inside!
With that said, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking! But wait, at the end of this post, find out how you can get a chance to win roundtrip air tickets to Singapore from Manila with admission to Trick Eye Museum for 2! This is a contest run by Trick Eye Museum SG and they have partnered with me and other travelers from the Philippines for this contest, wheee!!!
From the Classics…
To reinventing paintings..
Stepping in the world of Fantasy…
Overcoming the supernatural and the mysterious…
And interacting even more…in this installation, I really was boxing with this super fighter! It was so fun I did it more than three times. 😛 You can watch the video HERE.
I hope these photos made you even more interested to visit Trick Eye Museum Singapore! And the great news is…you might be able to do so…for FREE! How? See details below:
TRICK EYE MUSEUM GIVEAWAY IS UP! Get a chance to win ROUNDTRIP AIR TICKETS (Manila – Singapore – Manila) + ticket admission for Trick Eye Museum SG for 2!!! How? Super easy!
- Go to your Instagram Account. Visit my Instagram Account (@PaulaTheExplorer) and/or search my hashtag #cpfsingapore2015
- Repost your favorite TRICK EYE MUSEUM SG photo from my account and use the hashtags #FlyMe2TrickEyeSG on your posts. Tag @TrickEyeMuseumSG, too!
- Share your post/s on your Twitter account as well.
- Follow @TrickEyeMuseumSG for updates on the result. Make sure your accounts (Instagram and Twitter) are on PUBLIC MODE so they can view your entry/entries.
- Deadline for posting is on JANUARY 31, 2016. Trick Eye Museum SG will announce the lucky winner by February 2016. In addition, 5 lucky winners will also be selected to win a pair of admission tickets to Trick Eye Museum. Date for visiting is at your own time.
NOTE: This contest is open to my readers and followers from the Philippines. However, since I am not the only one Trick Eye Museum is working with for this contest, the giveaway is also open to the followers of their other partners! Goodluck, guys!
ITINERARY SUGGESTION: FULL DAY IN SENTOSA
Travel to Sentosa – if you’ve never done the Cable Car, I suggest doing it at least once. Early morning or late afternoon would be the best time to do this. Other possibilities are: bus, Sentosa Express (train), or by foot (great views, but leave early to avoid the heat)!
Early morning: Beach! It’s not too hot at this time yet, so you can relax at Sentosa’s beaches.
10:00 AM – 12:00 NN: Trick Eye Museum!
LUNCH – I highly suggest visiting Quayside Isle. The Greek Restaurant there has really good food! And since it’s by the water, heat would be bearable!
Early Afternoon: Merlion Walk (you can rest here from time to time while enjoying the Gaudi-like mosaic artworks) or explore the forests of Allanbrooke Road
Midafternoon: Sentosa Luge and Skyride + The Flying Trapeze + Cocktails by the Beach
After these, you can choose to go back to the city/your hotel, or wait out for WINGS OF TIME, a 25-minute night show featuring dancing fountains and pyrotechnics.
TRICK EYE MUSEUM (SINGAPORE) DETAILS:
Website: Trick Eye Museum SG
Instagram: Trick Eye Museum SG
Facebook: Trick Eye Singapore
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.comOPERATING HOURS: Monday – Sunday, 10 AM – 09 PM (last admission: 08 PM)
GETTING THERE: Click THIS
BOOKING DETAILS: You can book HERE, buy directly on the counter, or email Travel@OurRestlessFeet.com for tickets.
REGULAR ADMISSION RATES: SGD 25/adult | SGD 20/child (4-12) | SGD 20/senior (60 above)
SPECIAL NOTE: Thank you Trick Eye Museum SG for inviting me and my husband over to experience your charming museum! <3 We really had fun! And thank, dear Charlie, for being so game and doing all of these with me!
WHERE WE STAYED FOR THIS SINGAPORE TRIP:
First part of the trip was at BAY HOTEL. The strengths: very good location (very near train station + across Vivo City, which is the jumpoff point for Sentosa and an interesting mall in itself) + really, really good customer service.
Second part of the trip was at BIG HOTEL IN BUGIS. The strengths: pretty interiors + good location (not very near the train station, but walkable and in the middle of at least 2 train stations) + great vegetarian restaurant right across it (perfect for vegetarians like me!)