It’s a museum you listen to, exhibiting hundreds of sounds recorded around the world!
(Our recordings are kept on a mobile phone, not in a building – and not online.)
Our sounds are organised by topic – the same way other museums exhibit visual objects.
Our visitors make an appointment – with us and themselves – to listen!
(Visit online or meet us in person – alone or in a group!)
We also host temporary exhibitions!
Here’s What Some of 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
What Else Do We Do?
We offer classes & workshops, organise conferences, and publish things about sound.
We also keep a Physical Objects Collection, a Research Library, and a Video Gallery.
Our Director was awarded a PhD from University of the Arts London for this museum and the thesis he wrote about its creation.
In the mood for some academic talk? Download a free PDF of Listening to Museums: Sounds as Objects of Culture and Curatorial Care!
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.
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.
18 1/2 Minutes: The Erasure of Watergate Tape 342 Hear the infamous gap in the tape that sealed the fate of US President Richard Nixon exactly 50 years ago
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: