This post is the first of many about the mathematics I discovered while visiting museums and exhibits during my Fall 2019 sabbatical. The first one up is the Museum of Illusions – Toronto, Canada.

This museum wasn’t originally part of my sabbatical plan as it just opened in October 2018. Although my favorite illusion was the rotated room, where it appears you are walking up the walls since the furniture is on the ceiling. I can see many applications of this exhibits in this museum in my own classes:

  • Many exhibits with angles and perspective that could be integrated into a prealgebra class when teaching geometry

  • Optical illusions and puzzles that could be used as ice breakers in any math class

  • A Tower of Hanoi picture that could be used in a Discrete Math course

  • And a special shoutout for having a great quote by Albert Einstein on the wall

More information about some of the exhibits can also be found here. For more of my photos from the Museum of Illusions, please click here.

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