Micropia is an award-winning museum located near Amsterdam East (Oost) as part of the Artis-Amsterdam Royal Zoo. Opened in 2014, Micropia is the only microbe museum of its kind. The gallery was opened in an attempt to show that the billions of living organisms that can be found everywhere and in everything, known as microbes, are not all bad, scary things, but are instead also produced in order to help in the functioning of daily life, including for human health.
Guests of the museum can see plants, animals, and other everyday objects, all through images that were cast under the lens of a microscope. The modern microscope is in itself a mostly Dutch invention, with Antonie van Leeuwenhoek improving upon the design and magnification, as well as paving the way for what we know today as microbiology.
As you make your way around the grounds of the museum, you can learn new things about science that will bridge your understanding between science and everyday life. In the laboratory, lab technicians can teach guests of all ages about microbes, science, and biology, as well as antibiotics.
After your visit, you can also explore the Artisplein, one of the many parks Amsterdam has to offer, no ticket required.