It’s no secret that we travel on our stomachs. It’s also no secret that we tend to avoid museums like the plague, well, unless it’s a wine museum. Why spend time at a museum, when I could spend that time eating? When we were handed an itinerary for our stay in Langkawi, Malaysia, one of the things that jumped out was a visit to a 3D Art Museum. It was not one of the things I was particularly looking forward to, but figured I would go along with the itinerary nonetheless. How bad could it be?
Or, how amazing could it be?
Getting a Tour of a 3D Art Museum
When we first entered Art in Paradise, the 3D Art Museum in Langkawi, we were greeted by a guide, and the general manager, who escorted us inside. We first removed our shoes, and entered a small room with a few optical illusion style paintings. At the end of the hallway was a giant red apple.
I stared at the apple a bit, and noticed that it kind of seemed like it was coming out of the wall, but it in no way looked like 3D art to me. There were some folks taking photos in front of the apple, but we kind of walked on by.
To me, at first glance, it was similar to those 3D artworks that were sold at the malls in the 1980s, where you were expected to blur your eyes in order to see unicorns prancing in your direction. I never liked those things. I’m not a fan of trick art.
When we entered the next room, filled with nature scenes, I could kind of see some of the trick art optics, but still just wasn’t “getting it.” I didn’t want to admit to the manager that I thought the artwork needed a lot more help in order to be considered 3D art. Then, he let me in on the secret to a 3d museum: use your camera.
The Secrets to a 3D Art Museum
Unlike most museums, where they encourage you to learn about art, appreciate art, sit and admire art, here, they encourage you to take photos of the art. It is not until you view the trick art through a lens that it really comes to life. That’s the real key to a trick eye museum
From that moment on, we were told how to experience the 3D art museum, including where to stand and how to pose. Eric began to act like a 14 year old boy, moving quickly from one 3D scene to the next, giggling like a child, and laughing along the way. Eric sat on a beach chair in the arctic, and tugged the tail of a rhino wearing panties.
We crossed a dangerous a rickety bridge, me in the front and Eric, of course, in tow.
I narrowly escaped a hippo attack.
Apparently there is a trend, where cities all over the world are creating their own 3D art museums, but this was a trend I knew nothing about. I am really glad we had the opportunity to visit Art in Paradise, Langkawi’s own 3D art museum.
Tickets for Art in Paradise, 3D Art museum cost about $10 USD for adults and can be purchased at the museum. The trick art museum is open every day from 9-6.
We were supported by Naturally Langkawi during our trip, but all opinions are, as always, my own.
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Have you been to a 3D Art Museum? What did you think?
Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new food and drink destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together they have traveled to over 70 countries.