Secrets of the senses revealed

The exhibition shows how the five senses work. Lucerne Nature museum

Have you ever wondered how animals see at night or bats and dolphins navigate with sonar. Do bulls really see red? Which animal has the most sensitive nose?

This content was published on November 25, 2000 - 10:34

All these questions and many more are being answered at a new exhibition in Lucerne. The natural history museum is shedding light on the mysteries of vision, sound, smell, touch and taste.

It is using technology to explain how the senses enable humans and animals to interact with the world.

With the aid of night vision glasses, infra-red cameras, heat measuring instruments and robots, visitors can discover how living creatures perceive temperature and electromagnetic fields.

And they have plenty of opportunities to carry out hands-on experiments, test their senses and find which part of the brain controls these activities.

The exhibition runs in Lucerne until the middle of April when it will transfer to St Gallen and Solothurn. These towns are hosting complementary exhibitions which will in turn be relocated to Lucerne.

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