Micropia museum opens in Amsterdam

Micropia, Amsterdam's new museum, boasts that it is the first in the world dedicated to the microscopic life of the body – the three billion microbes, such as bacteria (a million can fit on the head of pin) and viruses.

The museum, which is in Artisplein close to the zoo, was opened by Queen Máxima on 1 October.

The museum makes visible the invisible micro world of the billions of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies. Without these fungi, algae, moulds and yeasts life on the planet would be impossible.

The project was first launched 12 years ago and has cost €10 million.

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