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A trippy new exhibition opens at the American Museum of Natural History today

Will Gleason

A new exhibition opening today at the American Museum of Natural History explores how we perceive the world around us, in a sense.

Our Senses” contains 11 interactive, funhouse-like galleries that each explore a different way in which our brain influences our perceptions. It was curated by Rob DeSalle, who previously oversaw the fascinating “Brain: The Inside Story.”

In the “seeing” gallery, you’ll encounter a wall with a mural that changes based on the color of light directed at it like a super G-rated episode of Room Raiders. A “balancing” gallery uses bending lines swerving across a black-and-white room to give the impression that the walls are moving, and that you’re starring in a ‘90s sci-fi thriller. The room focused on “smelling” is full of boxes containing mystery scents that you’re encouraged to sniff out. (Yes, there’s a skunk box. There’s always a skunk box.)

In addition to the hand-on exploration of human’s senses and how our brains makes… uh… sense of them, the exhibition explores how we’re beginning to extend our senses with the help of technology because no one seems to be that worried that we keep making the robots smarter.

“Our Senses” runs through January 6,2019.

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