The museum will reopen to the public on Friday, May 21. Free, timed-entry passes will be required for entry.

America's Listening

Early phonograph

The museum’s new wing themed on American Culture begins in the Ray Dolby Gateway to Culture with America’s Listening, which tells the story of recorded sound and five of the innovations that contributed to how we consume music and movies today. Artifacts on view include Thomas Edison’s phonograph, Alexander Graham Bell’s graphophone, Emile Berliner’s gramophone, Ray Dolby’s noise reduction system, and Apple’s iPod.

An interactive station allows visitors to hear examples of recorded sound from each of the featured technologies.