Our last night in Split was full of magic. We decided to get high on mushrooms and take a walk around the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace, an area we had gotten to know so well over the past three weeks. We listened to live music in the park as the mushrooms began to hit, and stared in amazement at the trees lit up with techno colored lights. It reminded us of music festivals we used to attend back in the US, before the pandemic hit.
We went for a walk over towards the Air BnB we were staying in, and on our way there, we stumbled upon a Museum of Illusions that we had never noticed throughout our entire three weeks in Split. It seemed to just appear out of nowhere. We felt as if the familiar roads were manifesting strange surprises and the ground would rise to meet our feet as we commenced—although in all honesty, it was an easily overlooked building tucked away in an alley, so it’s no wonder we hadn’t come across it before.
We entered, and found we were the only attendees of this museum at that particular moment in time. It was around 9 at night, and being inside this strange building with its blinding white walls and nobody inside except us and the woman working the front desk, it all felt so suspenseful and exciting. We wandered around this magical museum full of all sorts of optical illusions—rooms where we entered and everything was upside down, dozens of mirrors to trick the eye and fool the mind, and rooms in which things where much larger or smaller than they appeared.
“Nothing is as it seems….”
Our favorite part of this museum was a room that contained a bridge walking across a brightly lit spinning tunnel. The tunnel activates when you step inside, and it caught us off guard. We were so sure that I was being turned upside down, but it was all an illusion, and mixed with the psychedelic mushrooms, it was absolutely exhilarating. Our whole experience in this museum was full of unexpected surprises, and every moment there was full of magic and wonder.
We talked to the woman working the front desk a bit, apparently the museum had opened up three months ago. She even went out of her way to explain to us how many of the illusions worked. It truly is a hidden treasure of Split. If you ever find yourself in Split, Croatia, I highly recommend the Museum of Illusions. It is a strange, interesting, and mind-boggling place. I plan to visit every time I return to this wonderful town. There are so many surprises around every corner in this city of Split, and even after three weeks walking these streets, we were able to find new experiences everyday.