Members Only Programs

Member Preview: The Secret World Inside You

Friday, November 6, 2015


Visitors can see larger-than-life microbes in The Secret World Inside You.

Members get a sneak peek at  the new exhibition The Secret World Inside You! In addition to the exhibition preview, there will be a reception in the Akely Hall of African Mammals, where wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.



The Secret World Inside You will take visitors on a tour of the human body, making stops at places where microbes thrive: your skin—which, covering about 20 square feet, is your largest organ—and your mouth and your gastrointestinal tract, which is home to your body’s densest and most diverse microbial community, among others.

How do your interactions with microbes influence your health? In what ways can your microbiome be said to be its own organ? And is it possible that the state of the bacteria in your gut plays a role in your mental health?

The Secret World Inside You will explore these intriguing questions and more with interactive activities, videos, and a live theater where a presenter will show visitors how scientists are navigating this exciting new field of research.

The Secret World Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. The exhibition will be open to the public from November 7, 2015, to August 14, 2016.

This project is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).