The highly experiential exhibition Our Senses delves into how our brains work with sensory organs to shape our perceptions. The goal of the exhibition was to explain these concepts in a fun and engaging way that a wide-range of demographics could easily understand.
Throughout the exhibition, visitors are guided though concepts in a series of experiential rooms. Interactives allow visitors to see through the eyes of a bee or snake, test their skill at tracking individual sounds, guess ingredients in a complex scent, and experience illusions that make flat surfaces seem rippled. Other areas of the exhibition explain how our senses and brain work together to create our perception of “reality” by filling in gaps, resolving conflicts, correcting errors, and using scraps of information to trigger memories. Both large-scale and individual activities are designed to teach the basic concepts; the emphasis is on active learning. Graphics use speech and thought bubbles to enhance the design language of each room; the bubbles also provide a useful, informal visual language to address visitors directly. A limited palette of black, white and one accent color per section plays off each environment.
Our Senses has seen a great success in visitor turnout and consistently draws in a very high capture rate for the Museum. Visitors of all ages from all parts of the world have experienced the exhibition and have taken away a better understanding of how our senses shape our experiences of the world around us.