The Museum of Life and Science Opens New "Sound Garden" Exhibit

Experiment with the science of sound at the museum's newest permanent exhibit


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A young visitor plays the Tortuga Tongue Drum in the Museum of Life and Science's new "Sound Garden" exhibit.

Photos courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham opened a new, permanent exhibit Dec. 26 called "Sound Garden," which offers visitors the opportunity to experiment with the science of sound. Discover how beautifully tuned instruments can pair with familiar materials to create a one-of-a-kind soundscape in this new exhibit, located in the museum's Gateway Park area.

The "Sound Garden" exhibit features:

  • More than 25 hands-on instrument and sound experiences. 
  • A fully accessible experience for all ages and abilities.
  • Musical instruments sourced with the environment in mind, with many created from recycled, reclaimed or renewable materials.
  • A design conducted by the museum exhibit development team, with advisory collaboration by local musician, professor and "artivist" Pierce Freelon.

The Museum of Life and Science's "Sound Garden" exhibit in Gateway Park

 

Explore music like never before by trying your hand at a pentatonically-tuned amadinda — an ancient wooden instrument originating from Uganda, Africa. You can also experiment with a agogo bells and a xylophone made entirely of wrenches. A Tortuga Tongue Drum was created by Andrew Priess and Matthew Young, both Durham natives. 

Entry is included with general admission, which costs $16 for ages 13 and older and $11 for ages 3-12. Ages 2 and younger are free. Senior citizens and members of the military pay $14. Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 

"Sound Garden" features a xylophone made out of wrenches.

 

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