6.6. Scents

We know only a few examples for applying scents in exhibitions, apart from commercial samples at trade shows and „Guess what this is!” tasks in science centres. At the Museum of History in Budapest, similar interactive installations are used. At the Hungarian Natural History Museum, in the diorama showing hunters-gatherers, the smell of a pile of mushrooms drying in front of a cave shelter contributed to the impressions about the life of our ancestors. Some visitors noticed this and remarked on the interesting addition to the effects of this exhibit.

Three metal boxes attached to the wall.

6.27. picture: At the permanent exhibition of the Museum of History in Budapest, visitors have to recognise the smell of objects hidden in the boxes. After this, they can move the box to the picture of the medieval shopkeeper whose products might have had the same smell. (Photo: Tamás Vásárhelyi)