Inside You

June 24, 2017 — June 16, 2019


Open during Museum hours.
Akeley Gallery, second floor.

Three human-shaped icons in front of a background image of a city, with an overlay of text reading "Inside You".
© AMNH/All photos courtesy of Shutterstock
Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way!

Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.

Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.

Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us.

Visitors examine the wall graphics on display for the Inside You exhibition.
R. Mickens/© AMNH

Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. 

Inside You is proudly supported by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. 

This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of the Arthur Ross Foundation.