Here at Biofabricate we can't wait to visit the revolutionary museum 'Micropia' that has just opened in the Netherlands.
"Micropia, the first museum of its kind, is located in Natura Artis Magistra’s historical "Ledenlokalen" (1870). It adds an important new chapter to our tradition of collecting, displaying and experiencing the natural world. It is impossible to fully understand the interconnectivity of the natural world without knowledge of the most powerful, most successful and, at the same time, smallest organisms. Microbiology can help solve global problems, from water purification to developing new ways to cure infectious diseases. It can produce energy, food and bio-plastics. There is no end to its uses.
Micropia wants to inspire the general public, encouraging their interest in the smallest, most successful organisms from an early age. Micropia is not just a museum, but also functions as a platform, a link between ordinary people and science. Seeing and experiencing is kept central, with the focus on the (mostly positive) relationship between microbes and the visitors themselves. This brings nature startlingly close, while the smart provision of information allows everyone, from the youngest amateur to the oldest expert, to find exactly what they are looking for. One thing is sure: after visiting Micropia, you will never see yourself, or the world, in the same way again."
In the meantime, If you can't make it over to Amsterdam just yet, you can meet your microbes in this charming short film produced by the museum.