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The Secret World Inside You

Two groups of families interact with a table projection of a woman with details of microbes inside the body

Your body is brimming with microbes—trillions of them. In this traveling exhibition, explore the ecosystem that is the human microbiome. 

The Secret World Inside You Exhibition Walkthrough

The Secret World Inside You Exhibition Walkthrough

Although many of us have been taught to fear microbes, only a tiny percentage actually make people sick. As scientists navigate this growing field of research, we're finding ways we can work with microbes to make our lives better than ever. 

The Secret World Inside You is an engaging introduction to the amazing ecosystem that is the human microbiome. Find out what microbes are, where they live, and why they matter through larger-than-life models, digital interactives, and a live theater presentation. 

Reviews

"Entertaining teaching games, quizzes, whiz-bang animation and compelling visual effects." — The New York Times

"The more we learn about what lives within us, the more we understand how the natural world affects our own wellbeing." — Livescience.com

"...The latest science on how this microbial world affects our health is rarely presented in an accessible, engaging way, or in a format that's easily digestible. This exhibit changes that." — Dr. Matt McCarthy, Statnews.com

The Secret World Inside You is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org).