Meet truly original 3D paintings and sculptures.
An interactive 3D museum, Trick Eye Museum opened its door in 2010 at the heart of Hongdae, the city of art and culture, in Seoul, South Korea. The museum was built to create a pleasant and enjoyable environment for learning through art outside of the classroom. The Trick Eye Museum makes use of the Trompe-l’oeil technique, which had previously not been widely known in Korea, and aims to promote and share its experimental effects and educational values.
The prominent travel site TripAdvisor, through use of customer testimonies, recognized the Trick Eye Museum as the No.1 museum and gallery attraction in Seoul in 2014. In response to high demand and increasing popularity, the Trick Eye Museum now has three domestic and two overseas branches in Singapore and Hong Kong.
  • Trick Eye Museum what we are proud of..
  • Visitors to the Trick Eye Museum will not find signs such as ‘don’t touch’ or ‘no flash’. We allow people to touch and take photos of each of the displayed works.
  • Each artwork on display is comp
    leted through active participation by the visitors. Trick Eye Museum is an interactive museum where one can become an actor, direct-
    or and a photographer.
  • Trick Eye Museum features ove-
    rsized optical illusion paintings and installations that trick both your eyes and the camera lens. Paintings on plain surfaces come alive through the use of optical illusions.
History of Trick Eye
Although ‘Trompe-l’oeil, the word that Trick Eye derived from, came into popular use around the 17th century, the technique has roots in both the ancient Greek and Roman periods. In ancient cities such as Pompeii, several murals were founded with painted doors, windows and hallways, which suggest a wider spatial effect. With the fall of the Roman Empire, the Trompe-l’oeil style was also disappeared into history. The discovery of perspective in the 14th century, however, triggered the re-emergence of optical illusion in paintings in both art and architecture. It was only in the 18th century, however, that the term Trompe-l’oeil came into use. As surprisingly realistic still life paintings gained popularity among 17th century French courts and wealthy families, the arty term Trompe-l’oeil came to be widely used.

Today Trompe-l’oeil is indeed at the center of attention for its aesthetic effects and educational values and is seen in a vast array of areas: fine art, architecture and fashion design to name but a few.
Trick Eye Museum Chronology
  • Inauguration of Singapore Sentosa Trick Eye Museum
  • Inauguration of Trick Eye Museum in Hong Kong
  • Inauguration of Jeju Trick Eye Museum
  • Inauguration of Busan Trick Eye Museum at BIFF (relocation)
  • Opening of Hongdae Ice Museum
  • Opening of Hongdae Love Museum
  • Establishment of Trick Eye Factory
  • Inauguration of Busan Trick Eye Museum
  • Awarded Social Welfare Merit by Maposu Social Welfare Council
  • Santorini International Residency Program
  • Inauguration of Hongdae Trick Eye Museum
  • Acquisiton of '트릭아이/TRICKEYE' service and trademark
  • Opening of Santorini Seoul Gallery