Special exhibition: Visual Wonders. Trickery, Deception & Illusion

Humans have been fascinated by optical illusions for hundreds of years. Garden-shed inventors dupe their audience with trickery and deception and use their amazing viewing devices to astonish their onlookers, make them laugh and send shivers down their spine. Inventions such as the peep box, praxinoscope and flip-book were groundbreaking stages in the process of developing static images into moving images.

From the 1780s, panoramas set a milestone in the creation of illusionary worlds — the first mass media of their time. In today’s digital world, such visual wonders and optical illusions have lost none of their magic — virtual reality is not a modern invention.

In collaboration with the Seico collective and the Lucerne School of Art and Design, this special two-part exhibition at the Lucerne and Thun Panoramas is dedicated to our fascination with optical achievements and invites you to explore them with your own eyes.

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Next public guided tour:
08.03.2020, Sunday, 11-12 am

Meeting point at the museum’s reception.
The events are held in German.

Special exhibition at the Thun Panorama:
May 5th 2019 – April 26th 2020 (Please note the Winter break). 


Young visitors are gladly welcome at the special exhibition. Children receive a short guide, in which three figures walk them through the exhibition.

We offer guided tours through the special exhibition.

You will find the program of the events held in Lucerne and Thun in German language by clicking here!