Mirrors: In and Out of Reality

 A person stands in a room lined with differently-shaped mirrors and views multiple reflections of themself. Courtesy of CosmoCaixa
Step through the looking glass to discover what mirrors hide, and most importantly, what they reveal.

Touring in partnership with the "La Caixa" Foundation, Mirrors: In and Out of Reality is a mesmerizing maze of mirror games, kaleidoscopes, and other interactive elements that finds inspiration in the characters of Lewis Carroll. This exhibition invites visitors of all ages to deepen their understanding of our perception of reality from a scientific standpoint and to learn how mirrors have been used in real-world research.

Mirrors is an imaginative way of conveying the idea that reality can be observed from different viewpoints. With this approach of confronted realities, the exhibition encourages visitors to rethink the world and uncover some of the secrets that surround them.


Through mirrors and experimentation with phenomena such as reflection, this exhibition highlights the importance of mathematics as an indispensable tool that allows us to study, systematize and understand the world around us.

Visitors will first learn about the properties of different types of mirrors and experience their surprising effects. Next, the exhibition presents some important scientific and technological applications that are possible thanks to mirrors and their interaction with light – such as the James Webb space telescope, which launched in 2021.

Key Questions

  • What do mirrors really show us?
  • Where is reality? Is what we see real?
  • How does our perception of reality change depending on our vantage point?
  • What are the scientific and technological applications of mirrors?

Request More Information

Contact us to request availability for hosting this traveling exhibition.

Contact Us »

The American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) is touring Mirrors: In and Out of Reality in partnership with the “La Caixa” Foundation.