Feb 7, 2024 - Things to Do

Touch, smell and taste the artwork at Weisman Art Museum's "The Other Four"

A photo of a replica of airline seats.

"The Names We Change" at Weisman Art Museum. Photos: Audrey Kennedy

A new "sensory art" exhibit at Weisman Art Museum is challenging museum norms by inviting visitors to touch, hear, smell and even taste the artworks.

Driving the news: "The Other Four," which opens Friday in Minneapolis, features 16 multimedia works that engage the audience through senses other than vision, curator John Schuerman said.

What to expect: Upon entering, guests can put on a leather vest that has "scent infusers" so they can carry a smell with them throughout their tour, while in the middle of the room, a device loudly drops commemorative coins from the ceiling for visitors to keep.

  • Other pieces include a life-sized replica of airline seats where visitors can sit, watch videos and eat pretzels. There will also be bottles of mysterious liquids to open and smell, and wood that makes a sound if visitors blow into it using a plastic tube.

Details: "The Other Side" is on view Feb. 9 - May 19. Free admission.

  • 333 E River Road, Minneapolis (on the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus). Open 10am-8pm Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday-Sunday.
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday.
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