- See the most innovative and groundbreaking museum in Europe (it was the winner of this award at the 2016 European Museum of the Year Awards)
- Learn about all the billions of ways that microbes influence our lives (and not just from sneezing and kissing: microbes are literally everywhere)
- From Actinomyces to Trichophyton rubrum, learn all there is to know about animals, microbes and planets
To truly understand the natural world, you've got to understand the smallest and most successful organisms: microbes. Tiny, powerful and invisible to the human eye, microbes are absolutely fascinating. Especially when presented like this. Acclaimed as the most innovative and groundbreaking museum in Europe (2016 European Museum of the Year Awards).
Micropia is the world's first microbe museum, and by making these invisible creatures visible, it shows the interconnectedness of all things, and gives some surprising insights into the way the world works.
Did you know that two-thirds of the total number of species on earth are invisible to the naked eye? These creatures also live in some surprising places: on your tongue, under your arms, and on your skin.
In fact, microbes can be found literally everywhere. And if that sounds gross, you definitely need to visit Micropia and get a new perspective on these creatures. Without micro-organisms such as fungi, yeasts, (micro)algae, bacteria, archaea, viruses and micro-creatures life on this planet it wouldn't be possible.
And Micropia shows all the different ways that our lives, and the planet as a whole, interacts with and is influenced by these unseen creatures.
When thought of at all, the common perception is that microbes make people sick. But that's just a small part of the story. Microbiology can offer solutions to global problems, including water purification and cures to infectious diseases. Microbes can produce energy, food and bio-plastics. By understanding microbes we can create new uses for them.
And the best way to understand them is to immerse yourself in this innovative museum. Come and revel in the world of bacteria and germs!
After going through the Artis entrance gate, turn right, follow the signs for Micropia, and show your smartphone ticket at the ticket counter inside.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- Monday - Wednesday: 09:00 - 18:00
- Thursday - Saturday: 09:00 - 20:00
- Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00
- Nearly the whole exhibition is wheelchair accessible
- Service dogs aren't permitted
- Pets aren't permitted either
Don't forget to pick up your stamp card at the entrance and to fill it with microbes at the black stamping stations located along the way throughout the museum. You'll find out why at the end of your visit!
And that ant colony was absolutely intriguing to me.
Good fun and a learning experience for everyone from 6 years and up.