Micropia was opened by Queen Maxima on 30 September 2014 Artis. The invisible world of the micro-organism was first visualized in Micropia. The smallest life we can observe on Earth in this new museum which is located in Amsterdam Artis.
Micropia shows the invisible life
In Micropia you can see and learn everything about the different micro-organisms. For example, there are microbes that can live under the harshest conditions. If you would have a body scan made, you will learn which microbes are in and on your body. When you know that, you go differently to see yourself and the world.
Which microbes we face every day?
- Mobile phone There are about 4000 bacteria per square centimeter on a mobile phone. There are more bacteria on a phone than on the toilet seat. Bacteria like heat and moisture so your mouth comes into contact with many microbes.
- Bacteria discharge on the toilet Everyone produces about 350 grams of poo per day. Half of these are intestinal bacteria. Some of them can cause annoying problems. Clostridium difficile can cause annoying diarrhea and fever.
- Sweat Every day we sweat a half to a liter of sweat. staphylococcus bacteria convert the sweat into a substance with the characteristic sweat odor. If you shower, these microbes disappear through the shower.
- Protective bacteria Millions of bacteria live on your skin that have a protective function for your body. If too much soap is used, these microbes die and the protective layer has disappeared. It is therefore not wise to go for a lot of showers. Soap and water kill the good bacteria.
- Microbe breakfast Would you like to enjoy breakfast with yogurt or a sandwich with cheese? Yogurt and cheese can not be made without lactic acid bacteria. In bread is yeast which again contains a lot of micro-organisms.
- Cleaning Clean the table or worktop with a dishcloth. Well, cleaning ... Such a cloth quickly contains 3.2 million bacteria! It really does not make any sense to clean the table or countertop with such a cloth. Students make it all the fur that use dishcloths with nearly 8 million bacteria.
- Toothpaste Much of the toothpaste consists of microorganisms that are extracted from the skeletons of tiny algae. These diatoms have an abrasive effect. This helps to remove the plaque.
- Hug and kiss Your resistance goes up by hugging and kissing a lot. Also with your pet. The extra bacteria that you get with them will give you a higher bacterial diversity and thus protect yourself against other harmful bacteria.
The museum is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in this matter of micro-organisms. The wonderful world of the microbes can be observed in a fantastic way in Micropia. In this museum one tries to reach a wide audience by explaining the functioning of the microbes in a simple and interesting way. The museum can be visited from a minimum age of 8 years. View the website for more information.