ARTIS Micropia


Micropia is the only museum of its kind, displaying the invisible world of micro-organisms.


Wat is Micropia?

Micropia is the only museum of its kind, displaying the invisible world of micro-organisms.

Museum of microbes

The only museum of microbes, in the centre of Amsterdam.

You can’t see them, but they’re here.
They are on you. In you. And you’ve got more than a hundred thousand billion of them.
They’re with you when you eat, when you breathe, when you kiss.
They are everywhere. On your hands. And in your belly.
And they meddle in everything.
They shape your world:
what you smell, and what you taste;
whether you get sick, or get better.
They can save us or destroy us.
Microbes: the smallest and most powerful organisms on our planet.
We know very little about them,
but can learn so much from them.
About our health, alternative energy sources, and much more.
When you look  from really close,
a new world is revealed to you.
More beautiful and spectacular than you could ever have imagined.
Welcome to Micropia.
The only museum of microbes, in the centre of Amsterdam.

Education at Micropia

Micropia’s education programme allows us to enter an unknown world.
The micro-world is enormous and yet invisible.
Microbiology is an integral part of the school curriculum.
However, the lack of specialist knowledge among teachers and of equipment in the classroom mean schools find it difficult to cover the subject.
Micropia can help.

It is important to give students an idea of the micro-world which is set to affect us more and more over the coming years.
Micropia’s education programme allows students to discover the micro-world all around them.
It also provides them with an idea of careers in microbiology, both in the practical field and in research.
Micropia offers a total education package. This means that teachers and pupils can prepare beforehand for their visit and can take part in an appraisal in class afterwards.
Our aim is to give pupils a long-term interest in microbiology and to keep them hooked on this fascinating subject.



Micropia clearly positions itself not just as a museum but also as a platform, bringing together microbiology’s various stakeholders.
To begin with, the platform targets the line of development from school pupil, to student, to employee, and provides in-depth, content-rich information through staging conferences and events.

There have to be enough professionals in the market to ensure that the international position of microbiology and the Netherlands grows stronger.
That is why the platform will target school pupils and students, viewing them as potential professionals.
The first step is encouraging this important group’s interest in the invisible micro-world through the museum, its educational courses and the website.
They will be introduced to the possibilities offered by microbiology, both its uses and the range of job opportunities in the field.
Information is also disseminated about practicalities, such as possible courses of study, open days, internships, companies active in the field and job vacancies.
That is how school pupils and students are guided step by step towards the study of microbiology and a job in the field.

As well as providing tailor-made information for school and college students, the platform is also a place where anyone who is interested can learn more about microbiology.
The platform is an extension of the museum, offering extra information and activities on various levels.
There is a special programme, Microbiology, given as part of the Artis Academy (Artis Academie), with a series of lectures and activities running through the year.
Various conferences will also be held at Micropia and its associated locations.
Background information, ranging from a blog and news to an A to Z of microbes as also available on the website.
Conferences and events form the platform’s third area of focus. As well as the museum itself, Micropia has a number of meeting rooms available, catering for both small and large groups.
This makes it possible to use Micropia for conferences and events, allowing participants not just to listen, but to really take part and experience.
Events and activities can be organised both by Artis and third parties, making use of the unique winning combination of Micropia and its various locations.
This is how Micropia provides a place where people involved in microbiology can meet and engage and inspire a wide public.

In 1674 Dutch scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was the first to glimpse the rich world of micro-organisms.
For the first time in history, this fascinating and important part of nature was opened up for ordinary people to see.
People are Micropia’s core business. After a visit to Micropia, you will never see yourself in the same way again.

Visitors to Micropia will get to know something about the enormous quantity of micro-organisms in existence.
They will know that they come into contact with them every day.
Any feelings of disgust will vanish after being shown how useful micro-organisms are.
They will realise too that they would not be alive without micro-organisms, but that micro-organisms could easily live without man.
Discover the most powerful life on earth. At Micropia.

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