“Our Senses: An Immersive Experience” is a mind-bending new exhibition heading to the American Museum of Natural History. Prepare for a sensory overload, here’s everything you need to know.
New York City is a full-on assault on our senses …in the summer it’s certainly an assault on our sense of smell. The five senses, (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) form the basis for a new exhibit coming to the American Museum of Natural History.
The “funhouse-like” exhibit will delve into our senses, specifically how they can deceive our perceptions and how they have evolved over time.
“Our Senses: An Immersive Experience” will take you through a series of 11 interactive galleries what will put all of your senses through their paces. A room that reveals different pictures depending on the type of light that shines (see rendering below); a virtual garden to explore through the eyes of a bee or a snake; a test to see well a you can track individual sounds in a collage of audio; a black and white room that makes the floor look as if it were curved and rippled; another test to see how well you can identify certain odors; several tactile experiences and an exploration into how the brain creates perceptions of “reality.”
The exhibition will expand your understanding on how and why your senses have evolved the way they have and put them in context. “Our Senses: An Immersive Experience,” opens to the public November 20.
Featured image source [D Finnin | AMNH]