Zoo In You: The Human Microbiome

Exhibition Name:
Zoo In You: The Human Microbiome

Did you know trillions of microbes make their homes inside your body? In fact, these non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, “colonize” us right from birth, and are so interwoven into our existence that without each other, none of us would survive!

Thanks to new, sophisticated technology and the cutting-edge research of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, we are just starting to discover what these microbes are up to and how they affect us. And now in Zoo in You, a new 2,000 sq. ft. exhibit funded by a SEPA grant from NIH, visitors can learn about our constant microbial companions, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways scientists are realizing just how important they are to our personal health.

Come face to face with your full-body microbial reflection at the motion sensing microbe mirror. Manipulate a maze to learn how a newborn baby is first colonized by microbes. Interact with green screen technology to give a “weather report” on the current conditions of your nose, mouth, gut or skin. Peer into a microscope to see real preserved microbe specimens, and discover the four major microbes (bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses) and where they live inside you!

Includes English and Spanish text panels.

Science & Technology
Primarily Consists of:
Hands-On Activities
$35,000 + inbound shipping
2,000 sq. ft.
Venue duration:
3 months / 6 months
Fall 2022 & beyond
Special Requirements:

Please contact OMSI for info about any special requirements.

Previous Venues:

Science Works Hands-On Museum | Ashland, OR
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center | San Diego, CA
The Health Museum | Houston, TX
Children's Science Explorium | Boca Raton, FL
Springfield Museums | Springfield, MA
Discovery World | Milwaukee, WI
Gateway Science Museum | Chico, CA
Delaware Museum of Natural History | Wilmington, DE
Grand Rapids Public Museum | Grand Rapids, MI
Orlando Science Center | Orlando, FL
Discovery Lab | Tulsa, OK

Flint Hills Discovery Center | Manhattan, KS
Western Heritage Museum | Oklahoma City, OK
Mobius Children's Museum | Spokane, WA
Tellus Science Museum | Cartersville, GA

Catherine Diaz
1945 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR, 97214
United States

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