Get lost in your own reflection

Voluntarily traversing through a maze may be a daunting feat for some, but if you’re the sort who feeds off the thrill of finding a way out, then you might want to go on a journey to the West and visit this new permanent installation at Science Centre Singapore (SCS), as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, from Jun 14 onwards.

Tucked away on the corner of Jurong East and Chinese Garden lies a 270 sqm space that has been transformed into a huge mirror maze, thanks to Adrian Fisher Design, the world’s leading creators of mirror mazes and record holder of seven Guinness World Records. The last time SCS hosted a similar maze was almost two decades ago. This new, bigger and better form, titled Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze, features 105 mirror cells, more than 17 interactive exhibits and experiments on light, as well as a whole bunch of holograms and fake exits that add to the thrill of exploration and discovery. It’s a visually-pleasing, albeit a lil’ trippy experience while finding a route out of the maze, with exhibits like kaleidoscopes and a lightning entrapment apparatus.

One of the many routes to get you out of the maze

Kaleidoscope in one of the "hidden" rooms within the mirror maze

In true SCS style, the mirror maze has a backstory—Professor Crackitt, an eccentric, forgetful and notorious fictional character who will throw you nuggets of fun facts about light and reflection (it is the Science Centre after all) actually lost his pet parrot in his vast laboratory a.k.a. the mirror maze. So while you’re going through the maze, you’re actually supposed to try and spot this parrot while “fixing some of their experiments” along the way.

Complementing Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze is another new permanent exhibition, The Mind's Eye, which you’ll have to go through before reaching the mirror maze itself. The exhibition showcases various optical illusions and challenges you to look at objects and environments differently.

An example of an anomalous motion illusion at The Mind's Eye



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The two exhibitions will be opened to public from Jun 14. Admissions are free but you’ll still have to pay admission charges to SCS itself. Fair warning, the exhibition is also open to families (read: children) because… June Holidays. More info here.