Sonic Sensation to open at The Children’s Museum in West Hartford

Connie the whale, in front of The Children's Museum. The museum will present Sonic Sensation, an audio-based interactive exhibition.

WEST HARTFORD — Explore the science of sound and hearing at The Children’s Museum’s new traveling exhibition, Sonic Sensation, opening on Sept. 21.

Experience our sonic world and the sensation of being surrounded by everyday sounds in this interactive exhibition. Experiment with pitch, test your own hearing, make a movie soundtrack, and step into the ever-popular Scream Chamber.

In a lively, engaging manner, Sonic Sensation presents a fun and informative opportunity to explore sound in our environment. Learn about the anatomy and physics of how we hear, find out about decibels, amplitude, frequency, pitch, sound waves, and what you can do to protect your hearing.

The 1,500-square-foot exhibition consists of 14 fun, interactive exhibits. Sort high and low pitches by hitting colored bells, create sounds by conducting an Invisible Orchestra, and launch a billiard ball to show how sound hitting our eardrums sends signals to our brain. Other components invite you to measure the frequency of sounds, match mystery sounds, and try to find hidden “animals” in kitchen cupboards by listening (no peeking!).

Young visitors will want try out Ear This!, a fun family photo op where they can see how they look with the ears of an elephant, rabbit, bat and more. Children and their families will make a lot of noise at this exhibition.

This exhibition will be on display from Sept. 21 through May 3, 2020. Sciencenter of Ithaca, New York developed the Sonic Sensation program.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $14.75 for adults, $13.75 for children 2-12 and seniors 63 and over, and free to children under 2. Memberships are available. For more information visit

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