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Our Senses

Opens April 12, 2019

Your senses are one of those things you don’t think much about, yet are constantly at work. Now they get the scientific spotlight in an exhibition with funhouse-like galleries that playfully give you sensory overload and reveal how and why what we perceive is not all, or exactly, what’s actually going on around us.

 

Learn how and why we sense, including the biological processes of other senses beyond the traditional five. 

  • Watch walls lit with alternating colored lights that reveal just how much a world bathed in white light can differ from one illuminated in blue, green, or red.
  • Explore a garden through the eyes of a bee or a butterfly, encountering larger-than-life models.
  • Hunt like a snake and find prey using an infrared viewer.
  • Dial into a variety of animal sounds normally outside the range of our hearing.
  • Test your skill using an audio collage to track individual sounds, such as a certain creature in a natural setting or an individual instrument in an orchestra.
  • Find out what happens when your senses disagree, as your feet feel a flat floor beneath you but your eyes see walls and a floor that appear to curve and ripple.
  • Look through a pair of goggles that upends the information your brain receives from your eyes.
  • Explore 3D models of specialized touch receptors that demonstrate our complicated touch system.
  • Take a smell test to single out the fragrance notes in a complex scent, since what we perceive as a particular odor is actually a symphony of smells.

 

Our Senses is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org).

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