Zoo In You – Now Open!

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 Zoo in You, visitors learned 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!
Visitors went 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 learned about “good” microbes, watched how our microbiome reacts to every day occurrences, and manipulated a marble maze to learn how a newborn baby is first colonized by microbes.



Our Complex Ecosystems.
Visitors could dive deeper into the lives of microbes with green screen technology to get a “weather report” on the climate conditions of their nose, mouth, gut or skin, and a touch-screen video game that challenged guests to keep gut microbes in balance. All ages explored the eye-opening hand “washing” station to observe just how long it takes to be free of germs.




Exploring Our Microbiome
Visitors got up close and personal with microbes as you use a microscope to examine real preserved specimens. Visitors could also build their own viruses using puzzle pieces, assemble DNA strands and tried their hand at matching DNA patterns to the correct microbes. Plus, a unique photo opportunity allowed guests to imagine what they would look like as a microbes.

This exhibit was presented in English and Spanish text!

Zoo In You runs ran May 19, 2018 – September 2, 2018. 

Sponsored by:


The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation 







Chris & Kim Branoff
Cascade Engineering
Jim & Barb Haveman
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Williams Kitchen & Bath


Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
Sam’s Club


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: