What is the Museum of Portable Sound?
We’re a museum you listen to, exhibiting hundreds of sounds recorded around the world!
Our visitors make an appointment – with us and themselves – to listen!
(Visit online or meet us in person – alone or in a group!)
Our sounds are organised by topic – the same way other museums exhibit visual objects.
We maintain a Physical Objects Collection, a Research Library, and a Video Gallery.
We also curate temporary exhibitions!
We offer classes & workshops, organise conferences, and publish writing about sound.
What our visitors say:
‘A thing of beauty!’—Londonist.com
‘An amazing project – magical.’—Judith Clark
‘Has changed the way I’ll think about every museum I visit going forward.’—Kevin McKinney
‘I’ve never thought about sound in this way before!’—First Year Student, Bournemouth Film School
‘The coolest thing I’ve done in a long time!’—Dominique Russell
‘*****, would go back’—Seth Cluett
‘Plays with sound as media and media as sound…investigates the many facets of a young and quickly evolving culture of sound and listening.’—Reviews in Digital Humanities
Our Director was awarded a PhD from University of the Arts London for the thesis he wrote about his creation of this museum, Listening to Museums: Sounds as Objects of Culture and Curatorial Care.
Our 2,000th Visitor!
MUSEUM OF PORTABLE SOUND LABORATORIES, SOUTHSEA – This morning we welcomed a group of three online visitors to our museum who took a guided tour. As a result: • Today we welcomed our first visitors of 2023; • Today we welcomed our first visitors based in the Philippines; • Today we welcomed the 2,000th person…
MOPS Director Talks Death of the iPod on Sky News
LIVERPOOL/SOUTHSEA – MOPS Director John Kannenberg appeared on the 10 o’clock Sky News last night as part of a three minute segment marking the death of the iPod.
Science Museum in London Donates Object to Museum of Portable Sound
BLYTHE HOUSE ARCHIVE, LONDON – A vintage 1982 Philips portable tape recorder once held in the Science Museum’s archives has been officially transferred to the collections of the Museum of Portable Sound.
We bring the culture & history of sound beyond music to the world, one listener at a time.
Who We Are
The Museum of Portable Sound is a member of these professional organisations: