New ‘5 Senses’ exhibit

Discovery Center unveils new ‘5 Senses’ exhibit this Saturday

Features larger-than-life eye, nose, tongue, ear and hand

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn., June 30, 2016—The color of the sky, the sound of a dog barking, the scent of a rose, the taste of chocolate cake, the feel of a cool breeze—everything that we know about the world comes to us through our five senses.

This Saturday, July 2, the Discovery Center opens the new 5 Senses exhibit, with special activities. More information about the exhibit is available at

Special opening day activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 (included with admission):

  • Explore Taste and Nano Foods
  • Explore Materials: Polarizer Lenses
  • Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt (prizes available)
  • Make a Craft: jingle ankle or wrist bracelet (while supplies last)

About the exhibit

Humans gather information about their environment through the use of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Each of the five senses responds to specific stimuli in the world around us, and each uses a unique part of the body to take in information. Featuring a larger-than-life eye, nose, tongue, ear and hand, the 5 Senses exhibit is full of interactive displays where you can explore your senses and actively participate as scientists as you learn how your brain computes sensory data.

Included in the exhibit are a series of STEM-ulating experiments:

  • Test your sense of smell by gently inhaling the air inside the puffer bottles. Can you accurately guess what you are smelling?
  • At the giant tongue, use technology to get up close and personal with the tongue’s “bumps” which enable us to taste what we put in our mouth.
  • How sharp is your sense of hearing? Check out the mystery sounds at the larger than life ear.
  • Want a mind-bending experience? Stare at the optical illusions to see how our brain and eyes sometimes play tricks on us.
  • Feeling brave? Put your hand inside a feely box… Can you identify what’s in there?

“We’re grateful to our Special Needs Council, which was integral to developing the exhibit’s functionality,” said Tara MacDougall, CEO of the Discovery Center. “As a result, the exhibit has a counter-top for guests who use wheelchairs. And pieces of the text and some interactives were put into place to help start a dialogue about living without the full use or function of one of our senses.

“Our hope is that this will help to build awareness and start a dialogue between guests that leads to greater acceptance and inclusion,” she added.

Exhibit sponsored by The HCA Foundation, The Hillsdale Fund, Five Senses Restaurant & Catering, Thigpen Hearing Center, Elements Massage, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Converse and Jackson National Community Fund.

About the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (615) 890-2300.

Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.

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Jeff Krinks, Prufrock Communications