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The Fascinating World of Micro-Organisms

The Fascinating World of Micro-Organisms
14/07/2018

A recent trip to Amsterdam threw up an unexpected little gem all about the fascinating world of micro-organisms and microbiology. Now I have to admit that this wasn’t something we went looking for, the normal attractions of canals, Van Gogh, tulips, pancakes, etc. were our main focus. As were places to eat and how to get about – the public transport in Amsterdam is first rate! However, on checking what was close by to other attractions we wanted to see, we came across Micropia. This museum of the unseen world of microbes is located in the Natura Artis Magistra’s historical building "Ledenlokalen", south east of the city centre. Micropia is the only museum dedicated to microbes and seeks to ‘inspire the general public, encouraging their interest in the smallest, most successful organisms from an early age’

On entering the small building, you are faced with an array of information and exhibits all about micro-organisms, starting with the Tree of Life. A diagrammatic explanation of all life forms on Earth, it immediately shows the massive diversity, and how insignificant we humans are! The branches of the tree a representative of 1500 species, two thirds of which are micro-organisms!

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