One of my goals this year was to learn how to take better photos. Taking good photos takes practice, and I have been constantly searching online for photo walks. I enjoy going to photo events because they are social and you get to learn tips from other photographers.
Luckily, a friend of mine found the Samsung Photo Session at the Museum of Illusions and we were able to get tickets. Museums of Illusions is located at 15 cities across the globe, and I went to the New York location.
You can RSVP to free Samsung events on their website, and they are based on a first come, first served basis. RSVP does not guarantee admission, and it is highly recommended to come to the event at least 1 hour prior to try to get a seat. Samsung also has free WiFi, so you can use it while waiting in line to check in for the event.
At Samsung events you learn about the product in the presentation, and you also borrow the product to use for the event. For this event, we got a brief tutorial on the Galaxy S10+, and we received instructions on how to auto upload photos to Google Photos. In exchange for borrowing the Galaxy S10+ you also need to bring in a form of identification, such as a driver license, state ID, or passport. Once the event ends, you exchange the Samsung device to get your identification back.
This event was great because it was my first time trying a Samsung device and I was able to go the Museum of Illusions for free. Tickets for the museum are usually $19 for adults, $15 for children (ages 6-13), and kids under 6 are free. I wanted to go to the museum for awhile, and I was happy that I went to the museum for free with a friend.
My friend and I were able to take a bunch of photos and the museum definitely did play with our vision, perception, and brain. For adults over 21 years, I would not recommend drinking alcohol prior to this event because some of the rooms are slanted and can make you dizzy. It was a unique experience because each of the rooms had different exhibits. We spent an hour at this event, and I would say that was sufficient time to explore the museum. People were lining up outside when we left the museum, so I would recommend to factor in buffer time for waiting in line to visit the museum.
The key things about visiting museums are checking for free days and looking for events that offer free admission. Be sure to check the Samsung website frequently for free events, my 5 main resources for finding free/cheap events, and to hear about other NYC weekend free/cheap activities you can see my post here.
3 Upcoming Free Samsung Events (NYC)