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Gut Feelings



Mind and Body Gallery
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Your mind. Your microbes

Stunning displays explore new revelations that our minds, guts and microbes are inextricably linked. How do gut microbes affect your thoughts and behaviours? How can you love them so they’ll love you back?

Learn the answer to all of these questions and more, through immersive, multi-sensory experiences inside the exhibition. Walk amongst your microbes in a stunning gut tunnel, marvel at art and science installations and see the gut in a whole new light, from poo-transplants to probiotic-rich diets.

“Around 1-2kgs of you is microbes, and we’re just now discovering the powerful reach of these little helpers", says Dr Johanna Simkin, senior curator of human biology and medicine. "Every month, new research further reveals the detail and precision of these microbe effects—it’s given us a whole new understanding of how the human body works."

State of Our Microbes: Victorian Oral Microbiome and Lifestyle Study

In a museum world first, visitors have truly become part of the exhibition by sharing their microbial DNA fingerprint—at the same time contributing to medical research.