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Whispering Galleries
Description:
Whispering Galleries are areas in which the ambient architecture is able to broadcast weak sounds relatively great distances and can be heard. These Whispering Galleries can be an acoustical anomaly found in a domed rotunda or arch or they can be deliberately constructed within a science museum.
Expanded Description:
Whispering Galleries are able to send whisper-like sounds along an elliptically formed wall and ceiling from one end of the room to another with minimal degradation in the sound quality.

So two people face the wall on opposite sides of the room and should be able to communicate by merely using a whisper.

Strange echos from a loud noise or shout would not constitute a Whispering Gallery.

Whispering Galleries are not the talking tubes and horns commonly found in children's playgrounds.

A sample list of Whispering Galleries can be found through this wikipedia link: Whispering Gallery

It provides a good idea of what to look for when searching for a Whispering Gallery.

But not all domes, arches and rotundas are whispering galleries, therefore this category will require some form of documentation your waymark is an actual whispering gallery.

Acceptable documentation includes:
· A photo of a plaque found on site.
· A scan of a brochure, pamphlet or book.
· An internet link identifying the site as a whispering gallery.

(If you feel the scanned text violates copyright laws, please include your concern in the private message box. Group members will delete the image after approving the waymark.)

In the event a Whispering Gallery is found but does not offer acceptable documentation, the waymarker must provide EXACT details on how to duplicate the Whispering Gallery effect such as the position of the two people with respect to entrances, pillars, or other landmarks. It will be at the reviewer's discretion whether or not the description was sufficient enough to duplicate the Whispering Gallery effect.

Some buildings, although available to the general public, do not permit photography inside - such as churches and government buildings. If you can document such a condition, you may submit an original photograph of the building. If possible, please highlight the architectural element that provides the Whispering Gallery.
Instructions for Posting a Whispering Galleries Waymark:
(1) The Whispering Gallery must be accessible to the general public and available at least seasonally.

(2) The coordinates must be for the main entrance to the building. Please identify where your coordinates are if otherwise.

(3) Identify where the Whispering Gallery is located if part of another attraction or destination.

(4) List the acceptable documentation or directions described from above.

(5) List any current fees and hours of operation. Please include months of operation if open seasonally.

(6) An original photo of the Whispering Gallery must accompany the listing. Where photography is prohibited within the building, a photo of the building will be accepted.

(7) Although the Secret Message Variable is not required, a subsequent visitor can add their own secret message if you leave it blank. Therefore it may be in your own best interest to add a secret message.

NOTE: Extraneous elements, such as counters, banners, widgets or other personal embellishments and hyperlinks that do not enhance the waymark directly, will be NOT accepted and will result in the waymark being declined.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To log a visit to a Whispering Gallery, an original photo of the gallery or the building must accompany the log. Please provide any updated information regarding fees, hours of operation, etc.
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Whispering GalleriesExploritorium Whispiering Gallery - San Francisco, CA

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A Whispering Gallery at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/27/2014

last visited: never

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Whispering GalleriesCorning Museum of Glass Whispering Gallery - Corning, NY

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A museum to showcase the history, innovations, and art provided by the glass industry.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fossilgirlerin

location: New York

date approved: 11/9/2013

last visited: never

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Whispering GalleriesL'oreille-Bromont-Québec,Canada

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Une Oreille qui écoute et qui nous fait chuchoter!an ear that listens and makes us whisper

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member gemeloj

location: Quebec, Canada

date approved: 8/6/2013

last visited: 4/13/2014

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Whispering GalleriesCentennial Fountain - Stanford, CA

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The Centennial Fountain outside the Green Library at Stanford University is a whispering gallery. Two semi-circular seating areas around the central fountain form a reflecting surface.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: California

date approved: 5/26/2013

last visited: 10/2/2013

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Whispering GalleriesTexas State Capitol Austin Texas

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30° 16.482 W 097° 44.422.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Geojeepsters

location: Texas

date approved: 4/30/2013

last visited: 6/13/2014

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Whispering GalleriesOrlando Science Center Whispering Gallery - Orlando, FL

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These whisper dishes are located in Orlando's Science Center,

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Metro2

location: Florida

date approved: 2/1/2013

last visited: 12/24/2013

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Whispering GalleriesThe Grand Central Whispering Gallery, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY

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The "whispering gallery" is located on the Grand Central Terminal dining concourse near the famous Oyster Bar & Restaurant.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Marretas

location: New York

date approved: 12/27/2012

last visited: 7/27/2013

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Whispering GalleriesSanta Maria del Fiore, Florence Cathedral - Florence, Italy.

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A small climb up to the dome of Florence Cathedral the will get you through the experience. Try whispering something facing the wall and expect it to be heard on the opposite side, next to the wall!

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SUp3rFM & Cruella

location: Toscana, Italy

date approved: 12/18/2012

last visited: 5/29/2014

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Whispering GalleriesThe Echo Wall in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

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The wall around the Imperial Vault of Heaven is the well-known Echo Wall (Huiyinbi). It is 3.27 meters high 90 centimeters thick, and 193.2 meters long and has three doors to the south.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: China

date approved: 12/2/2012

last visited: 10/1/2012

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Whispering GalleriesSalt Lake Tabernacle - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Located on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Mot

location: Utah

date approved: 8/8/2012

last visited: 8/26/2014

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Whispering GalleriesSt. Peter's Basilica Cupola - Vatican City

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The Whispering Gallery of St. Peter's Basilica dome

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob

location: Vatican City State

date approved: 11/15/2011

last visited: 7/4/2014

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Whispering GalleriesWhispering Wall - Ottawa, Ontario

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A Whispering Wall on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 11/15/2011

last visited: 4/21/2014

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Whispering GalleriesThe Whispering Statue (Youth Triumphant) - Barre, Vermont

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An very sensitive acoustic bench in Barre, Vermont

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Canadianzombie

location: Vermont

date approved: 8/14/2011

last visited: 7/24/2014

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Whispering GalleriesAusterlitz Peace Monument - Brno - Czech Republic

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The Austerlitz Peace monument chapel allows you to hear a whisper from diagonal corners.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member laranja

location: Jihomoravsky kraj, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/12/2011

last visited: 2/17/2014

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Whispering GalleriesWhispering Wall, Kings Park, Perth, WA

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Whispering Wall, Kings Park, Perth, WA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SeabreezeOZ

location: Western Australia, Australia

date approved: 3/24/2011

last visited: 12/14/2013

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Whispering GalleriesSavannah River Walk

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Savannah's little known Echo Chamber

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member beta59

location: Georgia

date approved: 2/3/2011

last visited: 12/17/2013

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Whispering GalleriesCastello di Amorosa - Knights Chamber - Calistoga, CA

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The Knights Gallery is found behind the gift shop at Castello di Amorosa.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member GT.US

location: California

date approved: 12/6/2010

last visited: 12/26/2012

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Whispering GalleriesSan Francisco City Hall - San Francisco, CA

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The rotunda at San Francisco's city hall is a whispering galley.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 9/15/2010

last visited: 8/19/2011

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Whispering GalleriesMuseum of Science and Industry- Chicago, IL

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Opened as a permanent exhibit in 1938.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Go Boilers!

location: Illinois

date approved: 9/6/2010

last visited: 9/6/2013

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Whispering GalleriesMapparium Whispering Gallery - Boston, MA

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This Whispering Gallery is located inside the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Metro2

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 6/30/2010

last visited: 3/27/2013

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Whispering GalleriesSt. Louis Union Station Whispering Arch - St. Louis, Missouri

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Whispering arch located inside St. Louis Union Station.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/9/2010

last visited: 5/27/2013

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Whispering GalleriesThe Whispering Wall, Barossa Reservoir, South Australia

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The acoustic phenomenon of the Barossa Reservoir "Whispering Wall" is a popular tourist attraction, particularly for families with young children who come to hear sounds and voices travelling magically along the curved length of the dam wall.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member howie_sf

location: South Australia, Australia

date approved: 4/30/2010

last visited: 6/9/2014

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Whispering GalleriesStatuary Hall - U.S. Capitol - Washington, D.C., USA

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Statuary Hall, a chamber in the U.S. Capitol building that is used for the display of sculptures of prominent Americans, is a famous whispering gallery.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: District of Columbia

date approved: 4/24/2010

last visited: 8/26/2014

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Whispering GalleriesAtrium of Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni (Prague)

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A nice example of the whispering gallery you can find in the atrium hall of the modern Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni in Prague.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team

location: Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic

date approved: 4/24/2010

last visited: 4/5/2014

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Whispering GalleriesSt. Paul's Cathedral - London, England, UK

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The Whispering Gallery is just one stop on your journey through the dome of St. Paul's.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 4/24/2010

last visited: 7/3/2014

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