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Microcosm: the story of CERN

After a major revamp in 2015, CERN’s Microcosm exhibition is once again open to visitors

Microcosm: the story of CERN

The full-scale audio-visual screens in the new microcosm exhibition showcase the people behind the science at CERN, as they explain to the visitors what they do. (Image: Sophia Bennett/CERN)

The new microcosm exhibition takes CERN visitors on a journey through the laboratory’s key installations, following the path of the particles from the bottle of hydrogen, through the network of accelerators and on to collision inside vast experiments

Objects, life-sized audio-visuals and high-definition photographs are used to recreate real CERN spaces, while live data feeds bring news of the Large Hadron Collider direct to the exhibitions. 

Throughout the 500m2 of exhibitions, the focus is on the people who design and use this extraordinary technology to further our understanding of the universe. 

This time-lapse video shows how microcosm exhibition was constructed and completed (Video: Julien Ordan/CERN)

Microcosm underwent a major revamp in 2015 before fully reopening this January. Screen content continues to evolve and more games will be introduced into the exhibition during 2016.

The exhibition is free and open to all without reservation and visitors are encouraged to share their #microcosm @CERN experiences on social media.

For more details, including opening hours see the microcosm website.