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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.

Immersive experiences

Immersive experiences

Sensory Soundpits

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.

Touch Me

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.

Animal sensing trail
Animal sensing trail: learn about the catfish with taste buds on the outside of its body—imagine being a giant tongue!

Family fun

Taste Lab

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

Science busking

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.  

Download the toolkit (PDF)

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