Voice-activated exhibits include “Where Do Words Come From,” a 22-foot-tall talking word wall, an acoustically-sealed room where visitors use a teleprompter to deliver their own versions of historic speeches and a karaoke lounge.

Planet Word calls itself the world’s first voice-activated museum, with 10 immersive learning galleries. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)
Planet Word calls itself the world’s first voice-activated museum, with 10 immersive learning galleries. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)

Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long

Planet Word calls itself the world’s first voice-activated museum, with 10 immersive learning galleries. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)
Planet Word calls itself the world’s first voice-activated museum, with 10 immersive learning galleries. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)

Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long

Voice-activated exhibits include “Where Do Words Come From,” a 22-foot-tall talking word wall, an acoustically-sealed room where visitors use a teleprompter to deliver their own versions of historic speeches and a karaoke lounge. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)
Voice-activated exhibits include “Where Do Words Come From,” a 22-foot-tall talking word wall, an acoustically-sealed room where visitors use a teleprompter to deliver their own versions of historic speeches and a karaoke lounge. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)

Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long

Voice-activated exhibits include “Where Do Words Come From,” a 22-foot-tall talking word wall, an acoustically-sealed room where visitors use a teleprompter to deliver their own versions of historic speeches and a karaoke lounge. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)
Voice-activated exhibits include “Where Do Words Come From,” a 22-foot-tall talking word wall, an acoustically-sealed room where visitors use a teleprompter to deliver their own versions of historic speeches and a karaoke lounge. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)

Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long

The new museum is located in the historic former Franklin School building at 13th and K streets in Northwest D.C. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)
The new museum is located in the historic former Franklin School building at 13th and K streets in Northwest D.C. (Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long Story Short Media)

Courtesy DuHon Photography/Long

A new museum dedicated to language, Planet Word, opened this week in the historic former Franklin School building at 13th and K streets in Northwest D.C.

Admission is free, although under Phase Two of the District’s pandemic reopening requirements, capacity is limited, and a donation is recommended.

Timed entry pass reservations are available online.

Planet Word calls itself the world’s first voice-activated museum, with 10 immersive learning galleries, which use technology in ways the museum says reimagine the modern museum experience.

Voice-activated exhibits include “Where Do Words Come From,” a 22-foot-tall talking word wall, an acoustically-sealed room where visitors use a teleprompter to deliver their own versions of historic speeches and a karaoke lounge.

In other galleries, visitors can create an advertising campaign, and converse with native speakers of both widely spoken and endangered languages.

In the courtyard entrance, there is a sculpture called the Speaking Willow, which resembles a weeping willow tree and plays voice recordings from hundreds of different languages.

“Democracy depends on literate citizens. I hope that Planet World can provide a forum for civil discourse and a place where our community, in all of its vibrant diversity, can gather to share the word that bridge the differences and forge…

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