Springfield, MO – Tucked away on E. Commercial Street for years, the History of Hearing Museum has been a go to place for aural enthusiasts, from those with hearing-aids to music audio-philes. The gallery contains a treasure trove of hearing technology from by-gone eras. While some may be confused by its name, the History of Hearing Museum focuses only on the history of hearing and not the history of hearing museums. The building is deceptively small for the amount of artifacts that it contains. If you are planning a visit, you should be prepared to spend at least an entire 15 minutes exploring all its exhibits.
“In our heyday, we saw as many as 50-100 visitors a year and from as far away as Christian County! Today we still get a respectable 10-20 a year and we’re looking to expand upon our success,” said the owner.
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that in 2011 the sensory museum industry accounted for 0.42% of the U.S. economy (with a 0.5% margin of error). There seems to be nothing stopping the public’s fascination in sensory museums. Plans are currently in the works to open museums with themes such as sight, touch, taste, and smell.
“There doesn’t seem to be anything to keep us from growing. That is, except for their only being 5 senses. However, we’ve already partnered with local paranormal experts and M. Night Shyamalan in an attempt to leap this hurdle.”
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