A hands-on exhibit that shows the many ways humans connect and exchange ideas

We communicate to share information. Early humans left evocative drawings on cave walls. Today we can reach around the world with the tap of a button. Communication investigates all the ways we express ourselves: written, spoken, gestural, symbolic, electronic, digital and more, from totem poles to texts.

Explore the origins and history of human language and learn about the physics behind some of the technology we use today. See how our brains respond to words and sounds, learn some basic sign language, try writing Chinese calligraphy, share your thoughts at social media stations, and discover how photos are transmitted at the speed of light.

NEW! We've recently added an installation by artist Nam June Paik, a.k.a. the "father of media art." His work experiments with video technology, and explores the concept of video allowing art to change – unlike a painting that always the same. See the installation on your next visit to Communication!

Visitor info

Location: 3rd Floor

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We thank Verizon New Jersey for its generous support of Communication.

Highlights

  • Use digital spray paint to leave your mark on our graffiti wall.
  • Try your hand at Chinese calligraphy.
  • Learn some basic sign language.