Amsterdam is in no shortage of science museums and has several of them when compared to the museums that showcase art. These museums are centers for learning and foster scientific temper among the people. In this way, they play an important role, even though they are some of the lesser-known tourist attractions in the city. Micropia is a science museum in Amsterdam unique among its kind. It is nothing but a world of microbes and the museum also has an extensive collection of microorganisms, interactive displays, live laboratory, and so much more. Opened in 2014, Micropia became an instant sensation and many private Amsterdam tour guide have included it in their programs.
Located on Artisplein, visitors can purchase the tickets for entering this museum from the ground floor. The main exhibits start at the first floor, which is accessed via an elevator ride that features an animation about mites, bacteria, and viruses living in different parts of the body. The exhibits are kept on the first floor, which is lowly lit and looks like a laboratory. It contains several microbes and glass containers on display. One of the notable attraction in the first floor are the interactive displays.
The Kiss-o-meter is a popular interactive display that can provide information about the number of microbes transferred while kissing. The body scanner display can offer info about the types of microbes that live on one’s body. The display featuring Petri dishes simulate microbial growth and the ways by which they are spread across household objects. The other key highlight is the working laboratory that enables visitors to view the scientists and technicians at work.
Once you have covered first floor, you can see a spiral staircase that leads down to the ground floor where there are numerous exhibits. They mainly feature the important roles played by Microbes in life such as their use in making certain food products, biofuels, manure, and more. In addition, various glass models of viruses are put on display in this arena
Micropia is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM from Sunday to Wednesday and 9 AM to 8 PM on Thursday to Saturday. The prices for entry are €14 for adults and €12 for children aged 3 to 9. Children below 0-2 years are granted free admission to this museum.
Micropia is easily accessible for visitors who tour Amsterdam. Public transport can be relied on by taking tram 14 from Dam Square or tram 9 from Central Station and getting down at the Plantage Kerklaan stop.