Brain-bending illusion exhibit to open at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

SHENANDOAH, Va. - Yes. Your eyes actually are playing tricks on you.

The latest exhibit at the Shenandoah Valley Museum features an Ames Room that causes people to appear like they’re shrinking or growing, depending on where in the room they are standing.

The science behind the room was discovered by Ophthalmologist Albert Ames in 1946.

The Ames Illusion has been used in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Lord of the Rings to make actors appear smaller.

The exhibit balances the silliness of a funhouse mirror while providing educational material about the connection between the eyes and brain.

“The real magic happens when you’re standing outside and you look through the peephole. Small children as seem as tall as adults and vice versa, depending on what side of the room they’re standing on,” said Ryan Hall, coordinator of marketing, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be held on Saturday morning.


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