The Music Collection as a "sound laboratory": In the Soundlab, an array of interactive exhibits encourages visitors to experiment with sound and acoustics: for example, by trying out a slit drum, a "xylonator" or the "stamping tubes." Some of these unusual "stations" have been specially developed by Munich-based music educationalists (Ardhi Engl and Roland Fritsch) and our exhibition architect (Michael Hoffer). Brief written instructions and films demonstrate how to perform experiments illustrating the acoustic phenomena.
No musical skills or knowledge are required to explore the Soundlab's treasure trove of instruments. The Soundlab has been fully integrated into the permanent exhibition, and its hands-on acoustic experience will foster a fresh understanding of traditional instruments from former times and foreign cultures. During the installation of the new Soundlab stations, parts of the permanent exhibition were also redesigned. The Soundlab is being rolled out in multiple phases; in the already completed first segment, the entire entrance to the Music Collection was reconceived.