Get ready for a word-sleuthing adventure and discover mysteries galore in our special puzzle room. Reserve a puzzle case and search for clues along Lexicon Lane — great for team bonding or solo sleuthing!
Located on our third floor.
Welcome to Planet Word! Get ready to be inspired by the power, fun, and beauty of words while you explore our many interactive galleries and exhibits.
As you enter through our front gates, your experience begins beneath a mesmerizing Speaking Willow tree that sets the stage for what you’ll encounter in the museum. You’ll hear murmurs in hundreds of languages as you pass under the branches of this unique sculpture, created by renowned contemporary artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Once inside, we recommend starting on the third floor and working your way down.Museum map
Visits to Planet Word are self-guided, as our exhibits speak for themselves. Looking to make a special, specific connection to our exhibits? Customize your visit with one of our themed-experience guides. Learn more
How do we learn to speak our first language? Watch the whole process unfold, from babbling babies to talkative toddlers.
The 22-foot-tall wall of words speaks for itself — literally! Our talking word wall shares the story of the English language, exploring the many forces that shaped the words we use today.
Dive headfirst into the awe-inspiring diversity of languages from around the world. Meet speakers and signers from all over the globe, and let them introduce you to what’s unique about their own language.
Friends, Romans, countrymen — it’s your turn to make your voice heard! Here you can deliver a famous speech using a teleprompter and discover what made it immortal.
Paint with words! Dip your brush into verdant, surreal, or luminous and thrill as you transform the room around you with color, sound, and motion.
Enter a magical library where books come to life before your eyes. Find the hidden door to a serene poetry nook, and discover other secrets hidden in the stacks.
Be the star of the show! Choose an iconic song to sing karaoke-style and learn the techniques that help songwriters put together lyrics and create a hit.
Who’s the funniest person in your family? Find out in our humor gallery — and see who will be the first to laugh!
How do advertisers do it — constantly getting your attention and making you want their products and services? Learn the turns of phrase they use to make their goods and causes stand out, and try writing an ad yourself.
How have words changed your life? Share your story in our fully-equipped recording booth, and listen to the stories of others who have felt the power of words.