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Make Some Noise: the Science of Sound

What's noise got to do with it? Discover the engaging science of sound with this hands-on display!

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Open today from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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This exhibition will engage guests of all ages in an interactive world of sound!

Make Some Noise: The Science of Sound / Haz un poco de ruido: La ciencia del sonido is a bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, at the South Carolina State Museum. Guests are invited to explore the way sound travels, discover how humans and animals hear sound, examine the psychology behind how sound can affect our emotions and evoke nostalgia, learn about the process of making instruments and more.

The museum is excited to showcase a collaborative project with the University of South Carolina, featuring student-created animations set to original musical compositions that demonstrate the powerful effect sounds can have on our emotions. Guests can also experiment with sound through a variety of interactives, which will encourage visitors to Make Some Noise of their own.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Chladni plate interactive
  • Edison Amberola Phonograph, c. 1908
  • Natural History specimens
  • Music and animation created by University of South Carolina students
  • Spectrogram interactive
  • And More

This exhibition is free with museum general admission or membership.

Museum Hours

Open today from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed Monday
Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours:
Closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1, 2024

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South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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