Inside You

A long hallway is decorated with colorful graphics and text with cutouts shaped like humans © AMNH/M. Shanley
A secret world lives on, in, and all around you. Meet the human microbiome.

Your body is home to trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. Many of us think of microorganisms as the “germs” that cause illness, yet only a fraction of them make us sick. Why do we have so many microbes? Where do they come from? What makes them so important to our health?

This 2D panel exhibition introduces visitors to the human microbiome. Vibrant graphics, large physical cutouts, and colorful vinyl wallpapers present scientific concepts in a way that is accessible and engaging for visitors of all ages.

Key Themes

  • An Unseen World: Understand what microbes are, where they come from, and why they matter.
  • You Are an Ecosystem: Discover the role that microbes play in digestion, immunity, and reproduction.
  • Microbe Diversity: Examine factors that can influence your microbiome such as where you live and what you eat.
  • Cause or Effect?: Explore potential links between microbes and health conditions.
  • Scientific Frontier: Find out how scientists research the human microbiome.



Our 2D panel exhibitions are delivered digitally and are designed to be flexible for display in spaces of various sizes and layouts.

  • Flexible size (225 linear feet)
  • Digital delivery
  • Package includes vinyl wallpapers, images and caption panels, and six physical cutouts
  • Optional educational theater videos, An Unseen World and Germ Theory – Antibiotics to enhance the experience
    • An Unseen World: Explore the complex and astonishingly diverse world of microbes, and their role in our world and our health
    • Germ Theory – Antibiotics: Leading experts in health and genome sciences break down the concept of germ theory and how the invention of antibiotics impacts our microbiome


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The American Museum of Natural History's 2D panel exhibitions are ideal for displaying in museums, science centers, libraries, and other public or private spaces. 

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