Did you know trillions of microbes make their homes inside our bodies?
In fact, these non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, “colonize” us right from birth, and are so interwoven into our existence that without each other, none of us would survive!
In the new exhibit, Zoo in You, learn about our constant microbial companions, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways scientists are realizing just how important they are to our personal health.
Meet the Microbes!
Go on an interactive journey to learn about the four major types of microbes that live in and on us! From bacteria to archaea, fungi to viruses, these tiny non-human organisms outnumber our human cells ten to one. Through hands-on activities, visitors can learn about “good” microbes, watch how our microbiome reacts to every day occurrences, and manipulate a marble maze to learn how a newborn baby is first colonized by microbes.
Our Complex Ecosystems.
Delve deeper into the lives of microbes with green screen technology to get a “weather report” on the climate conditions of your nose, mouth, gut or skin, and a touch-screen video game that challenges guests to keep gut microbes in balance. All ages will explore the eye-opening hand “washing” station to observe just how long it takes to be free of germs.
Exploring Our Microbiome
Get up close and personal with microbes as you use a microscope to examine real preserved specimens. Visitors can also build their own viruses using puzzle pieces, assemble DNA strands as quickly as possible, and try your hand at matching DNA patterns to the correct microbes. Plus, a unique photo opportunity allows guests to imagine what they would look like as a microbes.
This exhibit is presented in English and Spanish text!
Zoo In You runs runs now – September 2, 2018. FREE with general admission to the Museum.
The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation
This exhibit is brought to you by the citizens of Kent County and the voter approved millage.
Produced & toured by:
Made possible by an award from: