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Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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"Make sure to visit Micropia in Amsterdam during the late afternoon when it's less crowded; you'll have more opportunities to interact with the exhibits without the lines. Also, don't miss the live lab demonstrations – local insiders know that's where you can chat with the scientists and get a deeper understanding of the microscopic world!"

What is Micropia?

Micropia is a one-of-a-kind museum located in Amsterdam, that's entirely dedicated to the microscopic world of microorganisms. Unlike traditional museums that focus on art or history, Micropia brings the invisible world of microbes to life, showcasing the tiny creatures that share our planet and have a tremendous impact on our daily lives. Through interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art technology, it provides a detailed look into this unseen universe, revealing how microorganisms work, what they do, and how they affect us.

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I often joke that although you can't see the exhibits with the naked eye, you'd be surprised at how big of a world you're stepping into at Micropia. It's truly a hidden gem where the smallest actors on Earth's stage steal the spotlight. It’s fascinating to see both the adults and the youngsters discover a newfound appreciation for the microbial world.

History of Micropia

Micropia's origins trace back to its opening in September 2014, as part of the Artis Royal Zoo. The concept of a museum dedicated to microorganisms was a bold idea, stemming from the recognition that despite their small size, microbes play a massive role in our world. Much effort was put into making the invisible visible and creating a space that could educate and amaze visitors.

Behind the scenes, experts from the fields of microbiology, design, and education collaborated to create the exhibits. The goal was to break down complex scientific concepts into engaging and digestible pieces, suitable for all ages. Micropia has since become renowned for its innovative approach to science education, winning several awards, including the Museum Prize in 2016.

Why is Micropia Important?

Micropia serves an essential role in bridging the gap between the scientific community and the general public. In a world where bacteria and viruses are often seen through a lens of fear due to diseases, this museum provides a well-rounded perspective on the microbial world. It highlights both the beneficial and the harmful, from bacteria that are vital for digestion to those that produce antibiotics.

Furthermore, Micropia brings attention to the critical roles microbes play in environmental processes, such as decomposing waste and influencing climate change. By demystifying these minute life forms, the museum fosters a greater understanding and respect for their role in our lives and encourages responsible behavior towards the environment and our health.

Things to Do & See at Micropia

At Micropia, the exhibits are as educational as they are mesmerizing. The 'Kiss-o-meter' for instance, playfully shows the number of microbes exchanged during a kiss. There’s also a live feed of a body scanner that reveals the microorganisms living on your own body - it's a personal favorite among visitors who are usually amazed to see their microscopic companions.

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Don't miss the 3D models of viruses, which offer a safe way to see these often misinterpreted entities up close. The museum also offers opportunities to observe lab technicians at work and even allows visitors to step into the role of a researcher in the 'Microlab'. Here, visitors can perform their own experiments under the guidance of the museum staff, making it an interactive and inspiring experience.

  • Check out the interactive exhibits that react to your presence.
  • Observe the 'living' installations, where microorganisms grow and thrive in real time.
  • Watch the museum's microbe caretakers (aka lab technicians) at their daily tasks.
  • Participate in the museum's educational sessions to get a deeper understanding of the microbial world.

The museum also regularly updates its exhibits and organizes temporary exhibitions, so there's always something new to discover, no matter how many times you visit. I often remind our friends that as they walk through the museum and marvel at the exhibits, to remember that they are home to billions of microbes themselves—it certainly adds a unique twist to the experience.

Frequently asked questions

What is Micropia?

Micropia is a unique museum in Amsterdam dedicated to microbes and microorganisms. As the world's first interactive microbe museum, it showcases the invisible world of microorganisms and how they impact our daily lives.

Where is Micropia located in Amsterdam?

Micropia is located in the Artis neighborhood of Amsterdam, at the Artisplein, which is part of the complex of the Royal Zoological Society. It is situated close to the city center and other attractions such as the Amsterdam Zoo.

What can visitors expect to see at Micropia?

Visitors to Micropia can explore the fascinating world of microorganisms through interactive exhibits, see live microorganisms through microscopes, learn about the role of microbes in ecosystems and human health, and discover the latest scientific research in the field of microbiology.

How can someone purchase tickets for Micropia?

Tickets for Micropia can be purchased online through the museum's official website or at the museum entrance. It's advisable to check for any discounts or combination tickets with other attractions such as the Amsterdam Zoo (Artis).

Is Micropia suitable for children?

Yes, Micropia offers an educational and engaging experience for children. The interactive nature of the exhibits makes it appealing to younger audiences, but it is equally informative for adults. Educational programs and tours are often tailored to suit a younger demographic.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps