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  • Take a Closer Look

    © Larry Ralph

    Take a Closer Look exhibit entrance
  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

    Boys in Take a Closer Look exhibit
  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

    Boy in Take a Closer Look exhibit

Take a Closer Look

Permanent Exhibit

Exercise your powers of perception to see what you can discover when you pay attention to your senses, and learn about ways technology can extend our reach beyond what we can perceive on our own.

Explore the world around you using sight, hearing, touch, and smell.

To supplement our own bodies' capabilities, we have developed technologies to help us extend our senses — to help us perceive things that are too fast, too small, too far away, or invisible to the naked eye.

See a sound wave, use an infrared camera to explore hot spots around you, track cosmic particles in a cloud chamber, or find the hidden crown in every splash of milk.


Blue Wing, Lower Level. Find on map

Free with Exhibit Halls admission. Purchase Exhibit Halls tickets:


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  • Audio Label
  • Multisensory Interactives
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • For information about accessibility in the Museum: For questions or accommodation requests: 617-589-3102, Please request ASL interpeters at least two weeks in advance.