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A very trippy new exhibition is coming to the American Museum of Natural History

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Rendering: Courtesy ©AMNH/D. Finnin

If you thought walking through a room with a giant whale hanging from the ceiling was trippy, just wait until you see the new mind-bending exhibition heading to the American Museum of Natural History this fall.

“Our Senses: An Immersive Experience,” which opens to the public November 20, will explore the way our brains make sense of the world around us through a series of 11 interactive galleries.

The highly experiential exhibit (the museum describes the spaces as having a “funhouse-like” atmosphere) will use changing lights, optical illusions, smells and more to challenge participant’s trust in their own senses. The goal is to show museum-goers that what they perceive is not always what’s actually occurring around them. (Which is pretty good relationship advice too, to be honest.)

Since this is still the Natural History museum and not, you know, an actual funhouse, the exhibition will also provide scientific and evolutionary context explaining why our senses—including sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste and balance—ended up developing the way that they did.

In any case, one thing’s for sure. They better have some of those Magic Eye books in the gift shop.

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