On my last birthday I was very pleasantly surprised with a trip to the 3D Museum of Wonders in Playa Del Carmen by my better half, Courtney. What a wonderful time it was! The exhibit is set up by local artists who are onsite and lead you through a maze of rooms that have been treated with large format vinyl graphics to depict various scenes. The artists assist in strategically placing you in these rooms and then snapping photos with your camera from certain angles to make it seem like your part of the scenery.
The 3D Museum of Wonders is located just off the tourist strip at Calle 8 Norte, 10 Avenida Nte., Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., about a block from Coco Bongo. Its $300 pesos each or $23 CDN to get in and that buys you a short film in their theater followed by entrance to a warehouse like area that is fully wrapped in vinyl graphics to depict several themes. In each themed room there is several places to position yourselves and markers on the floor as to which angle and spot to take photos from. The artists help get you going here so you understand the concept of the rooms and will gladly follow you around to take your photos while you selfie it up!
I must admit I am not a selfie queen! I’ve never felt that I photograph well and have a hard time relaxing when I know a camera lens is framing me up for a shot. However, This day I had a ton of fun, like a child playing blissfully without a care in the world, I totally came out of my shell. The enthusiasm of the artists and other guests quickly make you forget your adult complexes and let you revert to your child like mindset.
From my previous career in signage, I realize that a hell of a lot of work goes into creating and installing masterpieces like the ones at the 3D Museum. I can totally appreciate the effort that went into setting up these themed rooms and the imagination that it took to design them. Although these rooms seem rather simple I assure you its quite a complex process to do what these talented artist have created.
I think my favorite room was the great hall! It was very interactive with hundreds of amazing spots to pose and let your creative juices work! Its literally an Instagramers dream come true! The great hall has several remade masterpieces as well as many humorous murals and fantasy based themes for you to interact with and get you into selfie mode.
All in all this was a great side street adventure and well worth the few bucks it costs to visit. I have never liked being in front of the camera lens but this day Courtney and I had the time of our lives and managed to take hundreds of selfies till our phones crapped out. My best advise is to take fully charged cell phones and cameras, and if your really smart bring your battery backups to keep your gear going longer. If you’ve been here or are heading to the 3D Museum of Wonders soon, make sure to leave us a comment below on your side street experience.
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