Funtasy House Trick Art
16 Jalan Market, Ipoh, Perak (05 255 0007 /funtasyhouse.com). Got a giggle out of Penang’s 3-D trick art museums? Then you’ll be glad to know that there is a similar institution in Ipoh. Punning the words ‘fun’ and ‘fantasy’, Funtasy House Trick Art has gained quite a following since its opening in November 2015, with visitors heaping praise upon the attentive staff. Each group of visitors is assigned their own guide, who strives his or her best to make you feel at home (hence the ‘house’ reference).
Located in a Straits dual-frontage courtyard shophouse and divided into three sections – The Ipoh, The Punishment Room and Fantasy Fairy Tales – the galleries encourage family bonding over laughs. Trompe-l’oeil (French for ‘trick of the eye’) artwork is the name of the game here with 3-D paintings created by local artists spurring your kids to get creative with their funniest poses. Lie across a colossal chopping board, trap yourself within a mermaid-enchantress’s crystal ball, shrink your sibling to fit inside a magician’s top hat, fulfil your Harry Potter fantasy of riding a broomstick, and more. Each fantastical situation is both absurd yet highly entertaining. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun & Public Holidays, 9am-8pm. Adults, RM19, Children (4-17 years), Students (with ID) and Senior citizens (above 60 years old), RM10, Children (below 4 years) and disabled, free; (My Kad holders) Adults, RM15.