Micro Monsters on display at Hackney Museum: bringing science to life

What: Exhibition Micro Monsters: The Good, The Bad and The Tiny

When: 19 May – 17 September 2011

Where: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ

Admission is free and the exhibition is open to all the family.

Hackney Museum is joining up with the Centre of the Cell and inspirational artists and designers to create a world of micro monsters to explore. If you want to introduce your children to the science of staying healthy in a fun way, then Micro Monsters: The Good, The Bad and The Tiny is the exhibition for you and your family. The exhibition runs from 19 May to 17 Sept, making it the perfect destination for after school, Saturday outings or the summer holidays.

Trillions of tiny microbes live on you and in you. They help keep you alive but sometimes make you ill. This special interactive exhibition for all the family brings the science of microbes alive and is filled with eye-catching sights, fun activities and fascinating facts about the lives of microbes.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors will find out how microbes keep you well – and how to combat the microbes that can make you ill. Meet nose invaders and gut-dwellers, lung destroyers and life-savers! Discover microscopic super powers that are feared and admired. Get up close and investigate micro monster relationships. Listen in to the mysterious sounds of their extraordinary lives.

Young visitors to the related events will be able to see the Snot, Sick and Scabs Show. They will also get the chance to make and take away a microbe of their own!

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “This exciting exhibition makes science fun and interactive. It has something for the whole family and is a great way to introduce young children to world of science by combining it with art and hands on activities. Through exhibitions like this Hackney Council is able to give people access to entertaining ways of learning no matter how old they are.”

Hackney Museum is a council run local museum with a difference. It shows 1,000 years of Hackney’s history, the stories of Hackney people and their world wide roots. There are objects to touch, oral histories to listen to and interactive elements to test your skills. The Museum supports the Kids in Museums campaign, and families of all ages are welcome to spend time together and enjoy the displays. There are also regular events and activities for toddlers and families, details are listed at

Hackney Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9.30 – 5.30pm. Thursday 9.30 –8pm. Saturday 10 – 5pm. Sunday, Monday, Bank Holidays closed. For information about Hackney Museum contact or call 020 8350 3000.

Centre of the Cell is an educational charity dedicated to inspiring curiosity and learning by connecting science to everyday life. They have an online resource, a science education centre and outreach project aimed at young people, teachers, families and community groups, part of Queen Mary, University of London. The Centre is also holding free lectures that are open to everyone. To find out more about further lectures visit

To find out more about the Centre of the Cell contact, Blizard Building, 4 Newark Street, Whitechapel, London E12 AT. Email:, Tel. 020 7882 2562.

This project is supported by a grant to the Centre of the Cell from Awards for All. The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

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