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Come and discover amazing interactive exhibits, extraordinary artworks, hands-on experiments and exciting events which bring the invisible into view, uncovering the interconnectedness of life and the Earth’s environments at every scale.

Our new Invisible Worlds exhibition features:

  • The Centrepiece: an awe-inspiring artwork; one of the largest ceramic sculptures ever created. Standing at over eight metres tall, this remarkable, multi-sensory monument pays homage to one of the world’s smallest organisms that around 3 billion years ago started to produce oxygen and change the face of the Earth forever. Without these cyanobacteria, we would not exist. 
  • The Small, The Vast and The Past: a series of spectacular interactive digital exhibits.
  • Invisible You: The Human Microbiome: an interactive exhibit telling the story of the microbes that form, feed and protect us all.
  • The Play Lab: get physical in this fun and fascinating play area for the young and young at heart.
  • Exhibitions Gallery: home to stunning temporary exhibitions; this year we bring you ‘Glass Microbiology’ and ‘World in a Drop’.    
  • The Rock Garden: our outer terrace exploring the biology of geology.
  • Plus, enjoy a themed café and soft play area for under-fives. 

Find out more about the permanent exhibition

Special launch week activities 

As well as the permanent features of the exhibition, we’ve put together a packed line-up of special guests and extraordinary events for launch week, with something for all ages...

Ministry of Science

  • Venue: Citrus Grove, Mediterranean Biome
  • Times: daily at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3.15pm (except on 2 June, when there will be no 3.15pm performance)

Get ready for awesome activities and a measure of mayhem from Ministry of Science. This is not your ordinary science show! Join the team for your chance to get hands-on with totally topical experiments as they journey into the world of mighty microbes and learn some fascinating facts along the way. 

Sciencedipity

  • Venues: Seed and Pod classrooms in the Core 

Discover the invisible world of microbes with our friends from Sciencedipity. Drop in and get hands-on with cool activities, experiments and interactive displays. Find out which microbes can help or harm us, and delve into a fascinating microscopic world.

The Travelling Tardigrades

  • Venue: Citrus Grove, Mediterranean Biome
  • Times: daily at 11.45am and 2.15pm (except on 2 June, when there will be no 2.15pm performance)

Roll up, roll up!... join the Eden Storytellers as they introduce you to some very special microbial friends and tell some incredible tales about these microscopic monsters.

Tardigrade on the loose!

  • Venue: around the Core building
  • Times: Daily at 11.30-11.50am, 12.30–12.50pm, 2–2.20pm, 3–3.20pm, 4–4.20pm

Keep a close eye out for our fun Tardigrade friend, who will be on the loose in the Core building!

The Lab 

  • Venue: The Lab in the Core building

Come and join real-time experiments as Eden’s own scientists (with the help of other friendly experts) explore some of the secrets of the Invisible World with a rolling programme of talks and showcase workshops. Guests include TV presenter Professor Iain Stewart, bioartist Anna Dumitriu and Professor Nigel Brown, the President of the Society for General Microbiology.

Check the full Lab timetable here.

Craft Corner

  • Venue: the Discovery Classroom in the Core building

Delve into the world of microbes and create your own microbe masterpiece to take home with you.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly trail

  • Venue: across the Eden site 

Follow our trail and discover which microbes can help or harm us.

Special performances

  • Venue: Citrus Grove, Mediterranean Biome
  • Times: Daily at 4.15pm (except on 2 June when it will be at 2.15pm)

There'll be some very special appearances and performances throughout the week by the following performers. From 26 to 31 May these performers will also do roaming interactive performances, starting at 1pm in the Spice exhibit of our Rainforest Biome.


Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 May: Guerilla Science’s Mutant Fly Circus

Roll up, roll up, the Mutant Circus is coming to town! Step right up for your chance to meet the Circus troupe of colourful characters as they showcase their special features and abilities for your entertainment and astonishment. Giants! Hairy marvels! Eyeless wonders! Deformed monstrosities! All are here in the form of... the humble fruit fly. Check out this blog post that previews the performance.


Monday 28 - Thursday 31 May: Gestalt Arts ‘Unsung Heroes of the Planet’ Fungal Opera

This will be the first live opera performed at Eden, and it’s an opera with a difference! It takes key facts about fungi and blows them up through musical storytelling and a bold artistic vision. As well as roving site performances each morning, there will be a show on the main stage in the afternoon.

On 30 and 31 May at 2pm Gestalt Arts will also be running an interactive workshop for all the family in the Core classroom. Discover incredible facts about trees, their biological structure and the relationships that they have with fungi and insects! We’ll be exploring this through music and drama, creating a whole ecosystem through rhythm, movement and games. Workshop running time: approx. 30 minutes. 


Friday 1 – Sunday 3 June: Marty Jopson's ‘Invisible Worlds Live Microscopy Show’

Take a journey from everyday life, down into the realm of microscopical wonders with the BBC One Show’s resident scientist. This will be the world premiere of this show, which has been specially developed for us. Marty will take you from the very beginnings of microscopy, through hugely magnified insects, bacteria and plants to the most up to date fluorescent techniques demonstrated live on the stage. A show not just full of stunning images, but interactive demonstrations and samples harvested from the audience. You have been warned! 

Relaxed sessions

  • Venue: indoors and outdoors across the Eden site
  • Dates: 27 and 30 May, 3 June
  • Time: 8–9.30am 

If you have a child with autism or sensory difficulties, come along to a relaxed session at Eden and enjoy our Invisible Worlds launch week activities in a calmer environment. Find out more about why we do these relaxed sessions. We have three relaxed sessions running over half-term, which are available to book online below.

 

Invisible Worlds is supported by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, the Wolfson Foundation and the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

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