“I thought ‘Museum of Portable Sound’ sounded equal parts legitimate and confusing, which in my mind was a huge advantage.” Why are we called the Museum of ‘Portable Sound’? And what even IS ‘Portable Sound’? Read a new interview with our Director & Chief Curator discussing the various meanings of what ‘portable sound’ means toContinue reading “Why ‘Portable Sound’?”
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Get to Know Our Collections!
We’ve just completed a substantial update to our website: an all-new section about our Collections! There are now individual pages dedicated to each of our four primary collections: our Permanent Collection of Sounds our Physical Objects Collection our Research Library and our Video Gallery Read about how each collection got its start, look at behind-the-scenesContinue reading “Get to Know Our Collections!”
Ecsite 2021 Conference Appearance
Earlier today our Director & Chief Curator appeared as part of The Power of Sound, a panel session that took place at the Ecsite European Network of Science Centres & Museums 2021 conference. The session was convened by Michèle Antoine of Universcience in Paris, and also featured presentations about sound-based exhibitions by Mark Read ofContinue reading “Ecsite 2021 Conference Appearance”
Soundscape™ Barbie Online Exhibition Now Open
In 2019, we unleashed Soundscape™ Barbie onto an unsuspecting world. Now we’ve created an online exhibition exploring the complex public reactions to this controversial curio!
Online Visit Review in Museum Mutterings Blog
The Museum Mutterings blog has posted a review of their resident critic’s recent Online Visit to the Museum of Portable Sound, and they had some wonderful things to say – we are immensely grateful for the kind words!
Historic Dockyard Chatham blog review & interview
Historic Dockyard Chatham have published a review of their online visit to our museum.
2020 Annual Report
Last week, we presented our 2020 Annual Report to our museum’s Trustees and Board of Directors.
Announcing Our First Ever Online Exhibition: MP3@25, A Celebration Of A Quarter Century Of Worldwide Compressed Digital Audio
MP3@25: The Anniversary Exhibition, 1995–2020Opens Online 14 July 2020 What is an MP3? What is the history of the MP3? What is the legacy of the MP3? We’ll be investigating these questions and more in this provocative free online exhibition which explores how a file type can change the world. Features work by Suzanne Vega,Continue reading “Announcing Our First Ever Online Exhibition: MP3@25, A Celebration Of A Quarter Century Of Worldwide Compressed Digital Audio”
2019: Our Year In Pictures
Here are 12 highlights of our institution’s activities in 2019 – it’s been an eventful and productive year, and here’s to an even bigger and better 2020!
Celebrate Our Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening & 40 Years of the Sony Walkman at the National Science and Media Museum
On 1 July 2019, the Sony Walkman will turn 40 years old. We’re teaming up with the National Science and Media Museum to celebrate this milestone. The Sony Walkman was a breakthrough in portable technology that changed the way the world listens. It allowed individuals to create their own sound environment, opening up a new, cinematic,Continue reading “Celebrate Our Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening & 40 Years of the Sony Walkman at the National Science and Media Museum”
Photos from the V&A Sonic Boom Friday Late, February 2019
What is the Museum of Portable Sound?
Find out in only two minutes thanks to this handy little infomercial now available at our YouTube Channel!
New Exhibition Trailer: Portable Sound in Cinema 1979-2000
Watch the trailer for our latest temporary exhibition – and our first ever video exhibition – a survey of portable sound technology on display in late 20th century cinema! Find out more about the exhibition and book your own visit!
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 CuratorContinue reading “OUT NOW: The 4′33″ Museum book & audio box set!”
In Our Magazine: Ana Paula Santana
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 storiesContinue reading “In Our Magazine: Ana Paula Santana”
MOPS Director on Artists & Friends Podcast
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. • Stream the episode on Soundcloud • Download it & subscribe on iTunes
Buy our Gallery Guide Book!
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,Continue reading “Buy our Gallery Guide Book!”
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 weContinue reading “Londonist Review!”
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.Continue reading “Listening to Culture: Public Talk in Rome, 10 April”
We’re Coming to Rome!
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 andContinue reading “We’re Coming to Rome!”
Listening to Museums – the video!
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, toContinue reading “Listening to Museums – the video!”
Museums Journal profile
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! • Read our Museums Journal profile