September 2022

In 1674, Antoni van Leeuwenhok, the Father of Microbiology, took the first glimpse of the microscopic world, changing science forever.

With the Netherlands as the birthplace of microbiology, it is only natural that Amsterdam is home to a museum showcasing the beauty of microbes.

Micropia is the first establishment of its kind, unapologetically exhibiting the beauty of the microbial world. The topic of microorganisms often causes people to squirm or feel uneasy, and understandably so. Micropia, however, challenges visitors to consider the importance, uniqueness, and necessity of microbes.

With isolated species lining the glass walls, interactive screens showing the different microbiomes in certain organs, and various historic microbiology artifacts on display, the museum celebrates the invisible world.

Their website says: “Without microbiology, our world would look quite different. No vaccines, no antibiotics, no fermented drinks, no bioplastic. And no Micropia.

The museum positions itself as a platform for educators, students, and scientists. It operates as a microbiological liaison for the public to educate and inspire further exploration into microbes. “[People] will realise too that they would not be alive without micro-organisms, but that micro-organisms could easily live without man.”

Micropia may be the first museum of its kind, but the establishment’s presence will continue to inspire scientific advancements for years to come.