The Museum of Illusions Washington, D.C. recently announced its opening on Dec. 13, allowing family travelers to experience mind-bending illusions, games and puzzles. As the 40th Museum of Illusions to open globally, tickets are now available for purchase.
Exhibits are in the final stages of construction, with the new museum drawing inspiration from its surroundings, featuring Washingtonian culture throughout its more than 50 exhibits. From a mosaic of Capitol Hill to George Washington’s seemingly lifelike eyes, guests can appreciate the history of the city in a new way.
The museum also includes the Reverse Room, where guests can “hang” from the Blue Metro Line car’s ceiling. In the Ames Room, guests can play around with the illusion of height as they appear to grow and shrink while walking from one corner of the room to the next. The Vortex Tunnel tricks the mind and body into thinking and feeling like the ground moves beneath them, making for a great photo.
Throughout the museum, guests can experience other optical illusions, didactic games and puzzles, and illusionistic rooms, as well as exhibits on science, mathematics and psychology. The museum hopes to expand guests’ understanding on vision, perception and the human brain.
Visitors can catch a sneak peek at the Museum of Illusions Washington, D.C. pop-up, opening Nov. 18. The pop-up, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th and 9th Streets, NW and free to experience, opens 12–8 p.m. every day.
As the new year quickly approaches, family travelers are busy making lots of plans for a year of great travel and a healthier 2024. And what better way to combine the two than with a beautiful hike through nature at one of California’s most beloved state parks?
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Last month, Comfort Hotels, part of Choice Hotels brand, unveiled its first Rise & Shine prototype, a game-changer for family travelers seeking safe, comfortable and fun stays on the road. The new Rise & Shine was revealed in the opening of Comfort Inn & Suites in Mountain Grove, Missouri, located near Mark Twain National Forest.
When the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent its three pandas to China in November, it left only one other U.S. zoo with these fascinating animals. Families now must travel to Atlanta to see pandas, but even those will soon return to China.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.