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This Exhibition Will Challenge Everything You Know About Your 5 Senses

By Rob Grams

This Exhibition Will Challenge Everything You Know About Your 5 Senses

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.”

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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.

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Featured image source [D Finnin | AMNH]