Michigan State University masthead

For Visitors with Sensitivities to Light and Sound

For our visitors with sensitivities to changes in light and sound, please be aware of the following gallery characteristics, activities, and mechanisms. Feel free to contact the Education Two students look at small skull specimens in a case in Collections Connections exhibitTeam if you have any questions or need assistance.

Note: Most spaces in the Museum are brightly lighted. Lower-light galleries include the Hall of Evolution, Hall of World Cultures, and Heritage Hall.

Click to view MSU Museum map

Ground Floor

Ground Floor Gallery

  • Bright lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Ground Floor Gallery to lower light levels in Hall of Evolution and Hall of World Cultures
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays audio and video
  • 1 touch screen with museum information (no audio or video)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Hall of Evolution

  • Low lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Ground Floor Gallery to lower light level in Hall of Evolution

Hall of World Cultures

  • Low lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Ground Floor Gallery to lower light level in Hall of World Cultures
  • 3 motion-sensitive light fixtures - two make a loud “click” sound when the lights turn on and one is a soft "click"
  • 1 touch screen containing video selections (with audio)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Floor 1

Entry Hall/Lobby

  • Bright lighting
  • 1 touch screen with museum information (no audio or video)

Museum Store

  • Bright lighting

Main Gallery

  • Bright lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Main Gallery to lower light level in Heritage Hall
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays audio and video
  • 1 touch screen showing images (no audio or video)
  • Ambient sound recording that plays rain and thunder sounds in the back part of the gallery
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Heritage Gallery

  • Bright lighting
  • Transition from high light level in Main Gallery and Michigan Traditional Arts Hallway to lower light level in Heritage Hall
  • 1 touch screen with website (no audio or video)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Collections Connections

  • Multiple drawers that visitors can open and close - drawer glides produce “sliding” sound
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Michigan Traditional Arts Hallway

  • Bright lighting
  • 1 touch screen with website (no audio or video)
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays video (no audio)

Heritage Hall

  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays audio and video
  • Elevator is near this gallery and sounds of operation may be heard
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Floor 2

Second Floor Landing

  • Bright lighting
  • 1 touch screen containing interactive software (with audio). Game may produce ambient sound when not being played.
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Hall of Animal Diversity

  • Bright lighting
  • 1 touch screen containing video selections (with audio)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Habitat Hall

  • Bright lighting
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Art-Science Creativity Gallery

  • Bright lighting

Evolution in Action

  • Bright lighting
  • 1 motion-sensitive screen that plays video (no audio)
  • 2 touch screens containing video selections with audio
  • 1 touch screen containing interactive software (no audio or video)
  • Portable fans may be used during warm weather

Auditorium

  • Bright lighting (can be reduced)
  • Sounds may be heard from Beaumont Tower carillon
  • Sounds from 2 window air conditioners