Dec 13, 2022

(Un)Common Sense, the sensory-rich exhibition at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe

The temporary exhibition, (Un)Common Sense, opened to the public on 1 December 2022 at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe). It enables visitors to explore (and experience) the senses and the extra-senses that plants and animals use to survive.

How does a rat orient itself without using its vision? Even when lying flat, a plant has leaves that grow towards the light. Why is that? Can a canary’s song be sexier than another’s when heard by its beloved? Plants and animals alike possess unbelievable abilities of perception that are revealed in the 700m2 of this new exhibition, open until 10 September 2023.


The exhibition is totally inclusive, with two sets of major features for visitor orientation within the space. The first consists of high-contrast signage, a tactile guidance system on the floor and a tactile orientation map in each room of the exhibition. The second is the quality of the interactive devices – images in relief, tactile objects with Braille descriptions, accessible content, videos in sign language and numerous interactive stations. This “extra-sensory” trail is, therefore, accessible for everyone.

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Our partners

Tactile Studio conceptualised the set design and the graphics and produced all the stations for the exhibition (Un)Common Sense. The team received great back-up from partners selected for their expertise and their commitment to quality. A big thank-you to each team for the energy invested in this project.

Manufacture of tactile objects and interactive devices: Atelier WAM

Furniture: Hecho

Set design: Vanessa Ewert,

Printing: La Romaine,

Podotactile path: adflo GmbH

Guidance app: Okeenea,

Lighting: Onno Kleist

Audiovisual equipment: Waves System.

Press reviews

SWR: read

Karlsruhe erleben: read

Radio Regenbogen: read

Die Zeit: read

Augsburger Allgemeine: read

Süddeutsche Zeitung: read

Die Rheinpfalz: read

lokalmatador: read

Your essentials for everything you need to know about the exhibition Un(Common) Sense:

Museum website: here.

◉ Exhibition blog: here.

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