What’s it all about?

What’s it all about?

Crawling on your skin, swimming in your gut, and traveling through your intestines are over 100 trillion teeny, tiny microorganisms. Collectively they are known as your microbiome, and they help keep you healthy. In The Secret World Inside You, you’ll be introduced to the community of creatures that your immune system, digestive system, and brain rely on every day!

Using videos, larger-than-life models, and interactive games, The Secret World Inside You explores the microscopic, non-human life in and on our bodies and the benefits of coexisting with them. From allergies, to cavities, to asthma – your microbiome is part of the equation. You get your first dose of microbes at birth. Discover how that community of these bacteria, fungi, and other organisms changes as you grow, as you’re exposed to new environments and foods, and as you take different medications. The Secret World Inside You investigates the cutting-edge science of the human microbiome and a new perspective on human health.

Come meet your microbiome!


Raleigh Exclusive Content

Raleigh Exclusive Content

During its time in Raleigh only, the exhibit includes added media, interactives, and more. Come enjoy these exclusive features, including a talking mannequin, a “pit stop” about stinky armpits, and microbial portraits of people and places in Raleigh.

In the Super Human Theater, mannequin Genny comes to life to tell the story of the super hero microbes that saved her life.

Pit Stop features cutting edge research by Museum scientists on the armpit microbiomes of human and non-human primates.

Explore the Hometown Hero Microbe Portraits of some of our favorite local celebrities.

Artist Joana Ricou’s Microbial Portrait of Raleigh, NC and individual microbial portraits are works painted using locally-collected microbes.


Special Events

Special Events

Ed Yong: ‘I Contain Multitudes’

Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
NEC 1st Floor Auditorium

Ed Yong, renowned science communicator and staff writer at The Atlantic, will explore how microbes affect who we are.

Final Fridays: Those Naughty Germs

Friday, November 25, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm
NEC 1st Floor Auditorium

At this month’s Final Friday, we’ll be watching short (and often hilariously bad) films about germs.

Science Café: Mystery Brewing

Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Daily Planet Café

Did you know that microscopic fungi account for 70% of the flavor in most beer?

Science Café: Say Cheese

Thursday, December 22, 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Daily Planet Café

Find out what microbes make up your favorite cheeses at this Café. There will be cheese samples!


Supporters

Supporters

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