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Micropia, Amsterdam

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Micropia is a museum in Amsterdam based on the idea of distributing information about microbes, which are often associated with illness and disease despite their essential function in the daily functioning of human life. The museum opened on 30 September 2014. It claims to be the first of its kind.The two main focuses for Micropia are: establishing a positive view of microbes and “becoming also an international platform for microbiology that brings diverse interest groups together in order to bridge the gap between science and the general public”. One of the basic premises for the museum is to encourage a more positive relationship between microbes and the general public because they believe that this will encourage more study and research into “micro-nature.”Many of the exhibits in Micropia focus on microbes’ existence in daily life. It consists of both living microbes as well as virtual representations of microbes. The Kiss-O-Meter, for example, measures how many microbes are shared between two people as they kiss.
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  • My siblings and I (age 21-26) had so much fun here, it was very hands on and informational. Our favorite part was the ant exhibition/farm, really cool to see the leaf cutter ants in action  more »
  • What a fascinating place to go to. The exhibits are amazing to see as they have been magnified 100's of times so that you can see the details of microbes etc. There was also a talk about the work of t...  more »
  • This was an interesting idea, and we found the museum to be informative, well laid out, and entertaining. Has some fun interactive elements, but we also learned quite a bit about microbes. An hour is ...  more »
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  • Very unique, full with high end equipment what you can use too, like microscopes with live specimen, motion controlled 3d holograms and a fully functional microbiology lab. Very interesting and well done.
  • Very fun experience. Super interactive, and a great place to learn for all ages! A very well done museum overall.
  • loved it! really nerdy and fun! totally recommend! specially for people who work with science or want to discover more about microorganisms!
  • When visiting the Amsterdam Zoo, you definitely shouldn't miss Micropia. No matter how old you are, kids as well as adults will have a great time here learning about our world's microcrosm. Great hands-on experiments, nice scientific staff that shows you around and loads of funny and interesting exhibits.
  • This place is quite a discovery for science enthusiasts! There are hundreds of real samples under state of the art microscopes, with enough explanations and interactive experiences to make the lay man understand. There are also knowledgeable and experienced staff walking around in lab coats who enthusiastically explain the exhibits. Highly recommended!