DENVER (CBS4) — There’s so much more to human senses beyond the famous five and now families can explore it all! A new exhibit tied to our senses is now open at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“Our Senses: Creating Your Reality” is designed to make us think about how we experience things — like how lines on the floor can leave you feeling a bit off kilter.

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Or remember the famous – what color is that dress debate? It turns out, what you see has to do with assumptions.

“If your eye assumes the light is blue – you see a white and gold dress, if your eye assumes the light is more yellow you see the blue and black dress,” DMNS Educator and Program Specialist Samantha Sands explained.

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Sands says that’s a good lesson in how we all see the world differently.

You can even experience what it’s like to see from a bee’s perspective!

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Museum guests can also explore these interactive exhibits:

  • Watch walls lit with alternating colored lights that reveal just how much a world bathed in white light can differ from one illuminated in blue, green, or red.
  • Hunt like a snake and find prey using an infrared viewer.
  • Dial into a variety of animal sounds normally outside the range of our hearing.
  • Test your skill using an audio collage to track individual sounds, such as a certain creature in a natural setting or an individual instrument in an orchestra.
  • Look through a pair of goggles that upends the information your brain receives from your eyes.
  • Explore 3D models of specialized touch receptors that demonstrate our complicated touch system.
  • Take a smell test to single out the fragrance notes in a complex scent, since what we perceive as a particular odor is actually a symphony of smells.

“Our Senses: Creating Your Reality” will be open through Aug. 4, 2019. Learn more at DMNS.org.

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