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Experience the Sounds and Songs of Life in the Must-See, Must-Hear Traveling Exhibit
ATLANTA, January 28, 2016—Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. What do they all have in common? Visitors of all ages will find out on Saturday, February 6 when the new special exhibition, Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life, opens at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This highly interactive exhibit explores how human music is inspired by the music of other living creatures. From tiny insects to giant whales, visitors will discover that nature is filled with “musicians” that create their own melodic masterpieces to communicate.
“Music is a fascinating subject that combines sound, science, culture and nature. Visitors of all ages and abilities will enjoy learning about and experimenting with sounds and music in this interactive exhibition,” said Lynn Anders, Fernbank Museum’s Education Programs Manager. “From recording studios to musical instruments and natural sounds, the experience is sure to intrigue everyone.”
Wild Music also invites visitors to expand their understanding of what makes music. Through whimsical, hands-on activities, they’ll not only hear the music that surrounds them every day, but see it and feel it, too. Museum guests will have the opportunity to speak without using their voices, hear a spider’s call, mix musical masterpieces of their own and experience animal songs from across the globe.
“Sound and music are all around us, from the clanging of trash can lids to a babbling brook or even a wind-swept sand dune,” said Dr. Bobbi Hohmann, Fernbank’s Vice President of Education, Collections and Research. “Wild Music explores the connections between the sounds of nature and humans. In this exhibit, our visitors will discover how people have created music inspired by the natural world for thousands of years.”
Wild Music is designed to be accessible for all. All videos in the exhibit are narrated and captioned, while more than a dozen major components also have audio descriptions for vision-impaired visitors. Many components incorporate tactile (raised line) graphic illustrations and have visitor-adjustable volume controls. All areas of the exhibit were built to be accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and strollers. In addition, text in Wild Music is printed in large, highly-readable type written in both English, Spanish and in some areas, Braille.
Wild Music is a production of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, with major support from the National Science Foundation and additional support from Harman International, Inc. and the NEC Foundation of America. Isdell Family Foundation is the Principal Investor for Wild Music.
Wild Music is on view at Fernbank Museum from February 6 through July 31, 2016.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: The Wild Music Opening Day Celebration on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will feature family-friendly activities and performances inspired by the exhibition. Visitors will enjoy presentations by environmental composer Stephen Wood, create their own musical instruments during a handmade castanet craft, play a matching game to compare animal sounds to everyday sounds and much more. For more information on this event, visit fernbankmuseum.org/calendar-of-events/wild-music-opening-day-celebration/.
Additionally, guests ages 21+ can purchase tickets enjoy Wild Music during Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® event, one of the most unique “culture and cocktail” opportunities in Atlanta. The night features special cocktail menus, small plates, live entertainment, dancing and a chance to see a film in Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre. This popular event, the first of its kind in Atlanta, is held every Friday (excluding holiday weekends) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Musical entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.
HOURS AND TICKETS: Wild Music, including the Wild Music Opening Day Celebration, is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, free for children under 2, and free for Fernbank members. Tickets to view Wild Music during Martinis & IMAX® until 9:15 p.m. are $11, and only $16 to also include an IMAX® film.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets and visitor information are available at fernbankmuseum.org.
About Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages or urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 76-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history. Visit fernbankmuseum.org or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more.