House of Mirrors

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Will you survive the most disorienting maze to ever come to Sydney?

Visitors to the most recent Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania will have encountered the confusing, claustrophobic labyrinth of endless mirrors at the Museum of Old and New Art. Now, you can find extravagant installation outside the Meriton Festival Village at Sydney Festival.

It's $10 to enter and you can only buy tickets at the venue – which is actually a good thing. It means you can be a little spontaneous and visit after one of the shows like the Hair Salon or Soul of Sydney.

Navigating this maze of mirrors and optical illusions is especially fun after dark, which is why it's open from 4.30pm till 11. And the experience is ever more disorienting if you've had a few cocktails beforehand.

On Time Out's visit we were told it's possible to complete the maze in 60 seconds – but where's the fun in that? Our tips are to spend a bit of time playing with the illusions, then to stumble around until you creep yourself or your companions out, before finding your way back out again. 

In our experience, you haven't truly survived the House of Mirrors until you've jumped out of your skin – spooked by your own reflection. 

By: Emma Joyce

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