Mission Statement

Listening to Museums class
Museum of Portable Sound Director John Kannenberg using a painting at Tate Modern to help lead students in an exercise exploring the concept of phonomnesis during a session of our Listening to Museums course. Photo by Cristina Sousa Martínez.

The Museum of Portable Sound

is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and researching (primarily) non-musical sounds as museum objects.

Through our collections, exhibitions, publications, social media, educational offerings, and live events, we strive to bring the culture and history of sound beyond music to the world – one listener at a time.

While you’re here…

…we need your help. For four years, we have managed to keep admission to the Museum of Portable Sound free for all. But this model hasn’t proven to be sustainable. If you value what we do, and would like to help us continue to fulfil our mission of bringing the culture of sound to the world one visitor at a time, please consider making a donation or supporting us long-term on Patreon.


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