I joined a few of my team members from Investment Properties Mexico (IPM) on a recent visit to Kurt Wenner’s acclaimed 3D Museum of Wonder in downtown Playa del Carmen to see what all the excitement is about, and as you can see from the pics, we really had a blast! The museum is the first of its kind in the Americas, offering a fun, interactive experience that’s ideal for creating the ultimate selfies and where touching the exhibits is not only encouraged, but lies at the very heart of the institution’s philosophy.
As the biggest “illusion museum” in the world and the largest museum holding the works of just one artist, the 3D Museum of Wonders is housed on the top floor of Plaza Pelicanos in the heart of downtown. Touted for redefining the very basic concept of what an art gallery is, guests here are invited to interact and take selfies with the more than 60 pieces of 3D art that make up this impressive collection.
As we made our way through the exhibits, we played around with perspective, depth perception and more at the new 3-D Museum in Playa... And it didn't take long for us to get the hang of it! Here, you can see we are manipulating the viewer's concept of size surrounding a cleverly constructed cake and "balancing" over a deep chasm.
Tips for Visiting the Museum
- Bring a portable phone / camera charger.
- Wear (or bring) socks.
- Bring friends!
Every exhibit in the museum is the work of American street artist Kurt Wenner, who draws inspiration from his time working as an Illustrator for NASA and also from his deep love of renaissance artwork. During the 1980’s, Wenner drew acclaim for his single-handed revitalization of “trick” pavement art; a background that has translated beautifully to the works that are on display now in the 3D Museum of Wonders in downtown Playa del Carmen!
We really got into the interactive spirit of the artwork when we visited the 3D Museum of Wonder in Playa, finding creative ways for everyone to get in on the fun! I felt like the time flew by and there is definitely something new around every corner, making this a great indoor activity in Playa for groups of all sizes and visitors of all ages.
The museum’s basic concept is simple, with Wenner employing shading, a wide range of colors and a masterful use of perception to create optical illusions of great depth that immerse the viewer. Add in today’s camera phones, and it’s easy to see why the museum is a hit on social media! Guests can snap shots of friends and family at The Last Supper, surfing monster waves or floating inside a bubble, to name only a few of the options.
Expect to spend between one and two hours touring the museum (we were there for nearly two hours and enjoyed every second). Guides are available to show you the best angles to pose for pictures and there are also other pictures guests have taken at the entrance to each area. The museum is fun for all ages and open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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