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The World’s First Museum for Microbes and Microorganisms

The World's First Museum for Microbes and Microorganisms
The World’s First Museum for Microbes and Microorganisms

Micropia is a museum that is wholly dedicated to microorganisms and microbes. With a cost of around 10 million euros, the Micropia museum finally opened in the year of 2014 and is also a new part of the company ‘Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo.’ The museum, Micropia, is located on the street named ‘Artisplein.’ Artisplien is a recently opened public square that had opened on Artis. When you first enter the museum, you can buy your tickets at a ticket counter or stall. Then you have to take the elevator ride upwards to the first floor, and while you are moving upwards in the elevator ride look up if you want to be informed with the knowledge of mites living on a normal human’s eyelashes. The exhibition on the first floor is an area that has been darkened and sort of duplicates a scientific lab containing microscopes and glass containers that are bubbling. Micropia also includes interactive games and displays to make your visit more enjoyable as below:

  • The body scanner in the museum shows what types of microbes’ habitat your body
  • the kiss-o-meter is a mechanism that shows how many microorganisms can get transferred between a kiss
  • Simple Petri dishes with microorganisms growing in them examples for organisms usually taken from everyday objects such as T.V remote, toothbrush, hairbrush, etc.
  • They also have a fantastic collection of humans, animal, fish feces, and some embalmed human digestion systems, you might even see different videos of feces and a human’s digestive system.
  • Micropia also allows a facility where a real-life lab is visible to the passing audience by a see-through window where professional operate the exhibits
  • On your arrival, you are also given a stamp card where you can stamp it with microbes of sort and then later check it under a scanner.
  • Rotting food displays also show the types of mold and fungi growing on certain types of food

After doing these activities, go and look at 2 of the most famous viruses; Aids and Ebola. By the end of this trip, you will have learned why microbes and microorganisms are essential for our survival. Although the entry price for the tickets is a bit absurd, it is worth it for the knowledge you might receive. Micropia shows you things you do in your everyday life, such as have baths, and brush teeth don’t really remove your bacteria and micro- organism completely. The museum has received several awards to celebrate their efforts and the information it contains over the years. The museum was thought up by curators who have easily put in over 12 years of efforts and studies to become the museum they are now. The term animalcules are what suggested that the museum be dedicated to the microbes of the human body. Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was the one who came up with the name and described the term ‘Animalcules’ by finding and using different types of microorganisms in things such as sperm, tooth plaques, and water. We now know that animalcules are found in billions all-over the human body, and this museum gives you a clear insight into it as well. 

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