Our senses tell us everything about the world around us, but their true power is often left untapped...
What makes the way you sense the world absolutely unique? How can we extend and amplify our senses? Hear the Big Bang, test your taste buds, see the world like an animal and get hands-on with technology that will reveal how humans have been stretching their senses for centuries.
Supersenses sounds, smells, looks, tastes and feels different to anything you’ve experienced before. Discover extraordinary sensory experiences that will challenge your perception.
Experiment with a musical instrument for the 21st century! The unique Sensory Soundpits use sand, motion-capture technology, original music and animations. As you play with the sand, you’ll create your very own soundscapes and visual mixes.
You can really leave a mark on the exhibition when you get hands-on with Touch Me! This colourful artwork uses different shades of thermochromic inks, which react to your body heat when touched.
In the Eyes of the Animal
Can you imagine what the world might look like if you were an owl? What about a frog or a dragonfly? This incredible video installation, presented on a huge 180˚ screen, will take you on a visual journey as you explore a forest through the eyes of these creatures.
Journey Through the Mirror Pool
Sound recordist Chris Watson, who has worked on shows like Springwatch and Frozen Planet, teamed up with local students to capture sounds in, around and even below Bradford's Mirror Pool. Now you can hear the result: an eight-minute composition that reveals the hidden sounds of Bradford.
Animal sensing trail
Younger visitors can follow this trail around the galleries to find surprising and amazing facts about animals’ senses.
Time: 10.00–12.00 and 13.30–16.00, daily
Are you a super taster? Does sight or sound change how we taste? Join our Explainers at the pop-up Taste Lab and find out. There’ll be lots of different experiments and demos throughout the day. Suitable for ages 7+
Animals have superpowers!
Time: Various, daily—ask a member of our team for details
Did you know some animals have super sensing powers? Help our Explainer find them on this interactive adventure, and learn their sensory secrets. Suitable for ages 7 and under
Time: 10.00–16.00, daily
It makes sense to come and say hi to our Explainers this summer! They’ll be roaming the galleries with extra games, quizzes and activities to help you learn all about our super senses.
Sensing the Unknown
How can technology enhance senses? How can we sense the vastly distant, the microscopic, or the physically inaccessible? Explore objects from our collection that illuminate the ways our senses can be tested, improved and augmented.
More to discover
Train your super senses
You’ve spent your whole life learning about the world through your senses. Keep on tuning and training them with this toolkit full of top sensing tips and tricks—simply print it out and make it at home.
Hear more of Bradford’s hidden sounds
If you enjoyed Journey Through the Mirror Pool, you can keep exploring the sounds of Bradford with extra recordings made by artists Noise Orchestra and Alan Dunn—including a ghostly tale from the Midland Hotel! Visit the Noise Orchestra website and Alan Dunn's page on Journey Through the Mirror Pool.
Sensory Soundpit created by artist Di Mainstone in collaboration with Kriss and Shi Blank, Howie Jacobs, Annie Keane, Paul Miller and Mandy Wigby with funding from Arts Council England
Journey Through the Mirror Pool created by Noise Orchestra and Alan Dunn in collaboration with Chris Watson. Recordings made by Paul Ratcliff, The Psychic Audio Group, Steve Cummings (University of Bradford), Chris Hladowski, Alex De Little (University of Leeds) and students from Leeds Beckett University and The University of Bradford: Naomi Gilby, Paul Walsh, Paulina Kalwarska, Marcus Christensen, Jonathan Rourke and Kristina Avramova. The artists wish to thank Tim Brunsden, Danny Saul, Sam Meech, Pro Audio Systems, Andy Abbott and Mark Goodall for their additional support
Touch Me created by Zane Berzina
In the Eyes of the Animal created by Marshmallow Laser Feast