London's No. 1 Portable Museum! Bringing the culture of sound to the world. One listener at a time.
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It’s an experience.
The Museum of Portable Sound brings the culture of sound to the world, one listener at a time! We regularly schedule visits in London and Portsmouth, UK, and whenever we travel elsewhere. To book your own visit, simply fill out our Contact Form.
And don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop before you leave!
OUT NOW: The 4′33″ Museum book & audio box set!
We’re pleased to announce the release of a new printed book and digital audio box set, The 4′33” Museum! This deluxe printed book and digital audio set includes nearly 4 hours of sounds from 50 different museums around the world, and the book contains full-colour photographs, notes, and an essay on collecting. Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg has been collecting these recordings for more than a decade, and we’re proud to be able to bring this stunning collection to you as part of our new publishing branch, Museum of Portable Sound Press.
We’ve launched a new online magazine over at Medium.com! And our first article is by our own Curatorial Assistant, Cristina Sousa Martínez. In ‘And So Their Scars Turned to Gold’, Cristina interviews Mexican artist Ana Paula Santana about her current sound installation project entitled ‘Resiliencia’, a collaborative activist work that’s bringing to light the stories of rape survivors in Mexico.
If you are interested in contributing writing to our magazine, please get in touch – we have a wide remit, looking for stories about the culture of sound, in all of the many forms it takes.
Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg is featured on the latest interview of the London-based art podcast Artists and Friends, who recorded the episode with hosts Sid and Jim in the café at the V&A Museum in South Kensington last week.
Our Gallery Guide is now available for purchase! This is the complete printed edition of the official Gallery Guide for The Museum of Portable Sound! This is a high-quality, collectible facsimile edition of the very same Gallery Guide the Museum’s visitors use every day. Lavishly illustrated, featuring a record of every object label, every didactic text, every guided tour, a complete walk-through of our Physical Object Collection, and two bonus essays: “A Brief History of Field Recording” and “Echoes of an Exhibition.” Also features writing contributions by Cristina Sousa, Khaled Kaddal, and Mike Hallenbeck. Check out the preview on the book’s Blurb page, then get your own copy!
We’re absolutely thrilled to report we’ve been reviewed by Londonist, the arts & entertainment website! The review does a great job of introducing our museum to a wider public, and summarises our somewhat arcane and complicated visiting policies in a clear, thoughtful manner. If you’re looking for a place to start learning about what we do here at The Museum of Portable Sound, you’ve found it!
Listening to Culture: Public Talk in Rome, 10 April
Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg will be giving a public talk and hosting a listening workshop at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy on 10 April. The talk will cover his work as an artist interested in the sound of museum environments as well as his work establishing The Museum of Portable Sound.
The talk is free and open to the public. RSVP is required: email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place!
The Museum of Portable Sound will be traveling to Rome from 9-15 April – we’ll be participating in a public talk and workshop on the evening of the 10th (details to come) and will have an extremely limited number of visit appointments available during the rest of our time there! If you’re in Rome and want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit our Museum, make sure to book your visit early to avoid disappointment!
Our first course, Listening to Museums, concluded this month at the Science Museum and the V&A in London. We’ll be offering a new section of the course soon, but until then you can read more about it in our Education section – and watch this space, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, to find out when we’ll be offering it again!
We’ve been profiled! The February 2017 issue of Museums Journal has published a full-page profile of The Museum of Portable Sound in their regular “Museum Of…” feature. Learn more about where we came from and what our future plans are by downloading a PDF of the profile!
Listening to Museums – Sign up for our new course today!
Beginning in January 2017, we will begin offering courses through our new Education Department – and our first course is entitled Listening to Museums! This course features visits to three different museums in London – the British Museum, Tate Modern, and the Science Museum – each with its own unique sonic atmospheres. You’ll learn different soundwalking techniques, how to become a ‘performative listener’, and how to actively explore museums beyond just looking at them. This three-month, three session course is a bargain at £15 – but if you enrol early, you can take the entire course for just £10!