Canada Science and Technology Museum explores sound with new exhibit
Revamped museum's new exhibit a 'sensory experience' delving into all things aural
Sound by Design is a new exhibition at the revamped Canada Science and Technology Museum exploring 150 years of sound recording and music making. It's an interactive experience that invites visitors to make some noise by trying out instruments, dancing to motion-activated sound machines and taking a spin as DJ on an oversized turn table.
"Our goal is to engage visitors in a sensory experience," said Christina Tessier, the museum's director general.
"To create a sense of curiosity and discovery, that's where those hands-on and body-on interactives are really important."
Three years after a leaky roof and mould forced it to shut down, the renovated museum is set to reopen Friday with an array of new, cutting-edge exhibitions, as well as some old favourites.
Blasts from the past
Edison's 1912 gramophone occupied a stately place in the parlour, while Koss Stereophones were must-have headsets for audiophiles in the 1960s and '70s.
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"Design really underscores so much about what we've come to know and understand about sound." said exhibition curator Tom Everrett.
"Everything from scientific principles of sound to the ways we engage and play with music, all this has been influenced on a very deep level by technological innovation and questions of design, so that's what we want to explore in the exhibit," Everrett said.