Microcosm: the story of CERN

After a major revamp last year, Microcosm is once again open to visitors. Readers of the Bulletin can sign up for a guided tour of the new exhibitions. Go and visit it as soon as you can to win a t-shirt through our competition!


Role models for students - 1:1 scale audiovisual in Microcosm allows visitors to meet the people who make CERN tick. 

The new exhibition takes visitors on a journey through CERN’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, whilst live data feeds bring news of the Large Hadron Collider direct to the exhibitions. Throughout, the focus is on the people who design and use this extraordinary technology to further our understanding of the universe. Screen content continues to evolve and more games will be introduced into the exhibition during 2016. Watch this space!

The exhibition is free and open to all without reservation.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Saturday 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., closed on Sundays (see www.cern.ch/microcosm).

Two guided tours have been organised for CERN people. Places are limited and registration is required: 

Thursday, 28 January
10.30 -11.15 a.m. in English (12 places) – sign up!
1.30-2.15 p.m. in French (12 places) – sign up!

You can also win a CERN t-shirt! Find the image of the robotic camera that took the 160 photos making up the giant fresco of the CCC displayed in Microcosm. The first to send Bulletin-Editors@cern.ch a selfie taken next to the camera wins!

by CERN Bulletin