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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  • This rating is not for museum but for opening hours written in trip adviser. We couldn’t visit the museum because it will be closed at 5pm not 8pm.  more »
  • This museum would deserve more stars and recognition because this place is amazing! Really well-thought to discover the microscopic universe with interactive content. We learnt a lot and the time...  more »
  • Not usually something I'd be drawn to visit, but it grabbed my attention and was interesting and informative, with just enough 'fun' to make the tour worthy of continued engagement. Perhaps suited more to those wishing to stretch their intellectual stimulation a little. Happy that we visited and very much worth the entry price.
  • Absolutely great place! Exhibition is fully interactive and you can observe (and even smell) live microorganisms! Totally worth seeing, you can learn a lot. Both adults and kids will enjoy this place!

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