The Museum of Portable Sound is a portable, nomadic museum of sounds that exist solely as digital files that have been curated into galleries installed on our Museum Director’s mobile phone.
Admission to the Museum, its Permanent Collection Galleries, and temporary exhibition is FREE.*
There is a suggested donation of £10 for adults, £5 concessions.
*Group visits for academic or museum institutions are subject to a standard booking & speaking fee. Please contact us for details.
Confused? Here’s a simple 4-step guide to visiting us!
1. Get in Touch
Want to visit our museum? First, fill out our Contact Form and introduce yourself, letting us know that you’d like to visit.
We’ve made it easy to find our contact form – there’s one at the bottom of just about every page on this website!
If you want to see any objects from our Physical Object Collection, just let us know which ones and we’ll bring them along!
2. Set A Time & Place
Once you contact us, our Director will email you back to arrange a time and place to meet.
We make every effort to meet you at a time and public location that is convenient for you.
We’ve booked visits at cafés, libraries, parks, pubs, restaurants, universities, gardens, bookshops, and even inside other museums! Feel free to be as creative as you’d like when arranging your visit location.
3. Show Up On Time (With Headphones!)
On the date of your visit, we will arrive at the agreed meeting place early and set the stage for your visit.
All you have to do is show up – Admission is FREE! – and don’t forget to bring your headphones (for health & safety purposes).
A Note on Headphones: The Museum is compatible with headphones that use a conventional 3.5mm stereo minijack ONLY – wireless Bluetooth or Apple Lightning headphones will not work.
If you forget your headphones or are unable to bring a compatible pair, ask our Director about our FREE* Headphones Checkout Service!
*Headphones Checkout Service requires temporary surrender of a valid form of identification for the duration of visit. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
4. Enjoy! (Visit As Long As You Like)
Our Museum Director will be on hand to give you a brief orientation for how to move around the Museum.
He will provide you with the mobile phone containing our exhibition galleries, a Map of the Museum (which is yours to keep!), and the Gallery Guide book containing all the object labels, photos, and other information you would usually find on the walls of any other museum.
You may stay as long as you like – though keep in mind our Permanent Collection Galleries contain 5 hours of material to listen to, so you might want to come back for a second (or even third!) visit if you want to hear everything. You can wander around anywhere in the museum on your own, or start off on one of our specially curated thematic Guided Tours – it’s up to you.
Once you’ve finished visiting the Museum, feel free to stay and chat with the Director, who is always interested in hearing and discussing what our visitors think of their experience!
Start your visit by using the Contact form below.
GROUPS of 2 to 5 people are welcome!
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.