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American Museum of Natural History Seeks to Create Better Exhibits By Appealing to Senses

Posted on December 7, 2017 in American Museum of Natural History Education

The American Museum of natural history has set in place up to eleven interactive galleries that will make you feel your senses. That is a series of practical steps that will give you a different perception of the world around you. Man perceives the universe through the five senses. Anything outside the usual functioning mechanism of your senses usually escapes our attention. What we see for example in plain colors is entirely different when perceived in ultraviolet light.

As you walk through the Our Senses exhibition, you are welcomed by white blocks stacked on one another. Without you being at the correct angle, you will not realize that the blocks have something hidden in plain sight. This first exhibit is meant to make you understand the power of your brain which is very crucial in the synthesis of perceived information.

Meant to test your sense of sight, a series of alternating light colors give you a feeling of what vision could be like without light. As the colored lights keep alternating what you see on a wall ahead keeps changing from green leaves to a blue baboon. Infrared viewers mounted on a stalk enable you to see what the snake sees in its world of reality.

The next thing after exploring your sense of sight is a look into your sense of hearing. You are presented with a device that demonstrates how sound pitches are perceived in your ears and how they are affected by advanced age. Then you enter a room where you are exposed to the tricks that help you figure out how your body maintains balance. As you enter the room you are exposed to a conflict between what your eyes perceive and what is really there. Next comes a gallery that demonstrates your sense of touch by allowing you to put your hands on all types of textures. Then a sense of smell gallery, where it’s all sorts of scents some good and some not so good.