Museum News (June 3, 2024)

Published 06/05/2024

Testing their ears, Cade Tanner (Deer Trail, CO) and Gracie Mackey (Kiowa, CO) take turns hiding critters so the other can use their sense of hearing to locate those noisy critters in the Critter Cabinet exhibit at the Hansen Museum’s Sonic Sensation

June 03, 2024

Museum News

Come make some noise at the Hansen Museum’s new exhibit, Sonic Sensation, the Science of Sound! Sonic Sensation is a hands-on interactive exhibition that introduces children and their families to the science of sound and hearing. Through the use of open-ended exhibits, visitors will better understand the physical and mathematical principles governing sound.

Did you know that almost anything that vibrates can produce sound? Sound occurs when energy travels as waves of pressure through a substance such as air, water or even solid materials. When something vibrates it pushes the particles around it, and those particles in turn push the air particles around them, carrying the pulse of the vibration in all directions from the source. The particles themselves don’t move far, but the transfer of energy can be very fast – about 760 miles per hour in the air, depending on temperature and humidity.

Through out Sonic Sensation, visitors have many opportunities to see sound. Using various instruments such as an oscilloscope, each individual exhibit demonstrates some aspect of sound helping visitors gain a better understanding of how humans interpret sound. To further enhance the exhibition, the Hansen Museum will schedule different activities through the course of Sonic Sensation’s tenure at the Museum. These activities will cover the following topics: Dangerous Decibels, Good Vibrations, Bend It, Break It, and Sound Measures. An activity schedule will be posted on the Hansen Museum Facebook page. Keep watch for summer science fun at the Hansen Museum.

There is still room in the Hansen Museum’s upcoming Mixed Media class with Sandy Seamone on June 8th and 9th. This beginner friendly class will take participants on a lively exploration of acrylic and oil paints. Each day, instructor Sandy Seamone will guide participants step-by-step in completing a lovely painting. Saturday’s class will paint “Poppies” and Sunday’s class “Big Tree Path.” Come paint one or both days! Registration information is available on line at www. under the classes and workshops tab or for more information call 785-689-4846.

The Museum is open Mon. through Fri. 9-12 and 1-4; Sat. 9-12 & 1-5; Sun. and holidays 1-5. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We are handicapped accessible, and admission is always free thanks to the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. For more information or if you have questions, please contact us at 785-689-4846. We hope to see you at the Museum!