The new exhibit at the South Florida Museum lets visitors explore the physics of sound waves and how music and sound affect moods.
That may sound dry and scientific, but the exhibit promises to be a load of fun.
It’s called “Noise!” and it includes all sorts of hands-on activities. Visitors can play a pipe organ, watch sand dance, measure their own screams on a decibel meter and even try their hands at playing a theremin.
“Noise!” opens June 17 and runs through Aug. 21, and it’s free with regular museum admission.
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Among the activities that will be part of the exhibit are a scream chamber, in which you can enter a soundproof booth and scream your head off; “Now 'Ear This,” an interactive model of the human ear that allows visitors to see how sound is transformed into a signal we hear; “The Dancing Sand” kiosk that shows how changes in frequency affect sound waves as visitors control pitch to create pattern in a plate sprinkled with sand; and “Spooky Sounds,” which lets visitors create eerie soundtracks for a science fiction video by playing a theremin, a musical instrument that you play without actually touching it.
Details: June 17-Aug. 21, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $19 adults; $17 for seniors 65 and older; $14 children 4-12. Free for children age 3 and younger and museum members. 941-746-4131, southfloridamuseum.org.