On Exhibit: Zoo in You & Eat Well, Play Well

Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome


September 21, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Located in the Tallgrass Gallery on the Second Floor

Trillions of microbes make their homes inside our bodies, and we wouldn’t be able to survive without each other! Zoo in You invites people of all ages to explore the vibrant world of our inner microorganisms through engaging, interactive, and bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibits while discovering who our constant microbial companions are, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways scientists are discovering just how important they are to our personal health.

Eat Well, Play Well


September 21, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Located in the Mezzanine Gallery on the Second Floor

What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories? Families, children and school groups will find the answers to these questions and more by exploring the worlds of nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well, a new, bilingual (English/Spanish), hands-on exhibit which examines healthy living strategies. Children and families engage with nine highly interactive areas which encourage the discovery that healthy choices are within their reach!
Thank You Sponsors
ZOO IN YOU: THE HUMAN MICROBIOME was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

EAT WELL, PLAY WELL was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Microbes in Manhattan: Fighting Flu and Polio in Manhattan


September 21, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Located in the Tallgrass Gallery on the Second Floor
Humanities Kansas
Uncover the local history surrounding two of the most concerning epidemics during the early part of the last century. Before vaccines were available in Kansas, Influenza and Polio outbreaks mobilized a community. In the exhibit, learn the story of Mrs. Battey, a Red Cross nurse, who gave her life in service of the influenza stricken students at Kansas State University after contracting the disease. Then, discover the compelling history of how the community rallied together under the leadership of the American Legion to embark on a fundraising effort to acquire an iron lung for the citizens of Manhattan and the surrounding area. Visitors will be able to see artifacts from the time period and an iron lung that has traveled from Halstead, Kansas to be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit. Microbes in Manhattan: Fighting Flu and Polio in Manhattan is made possible by a Humanities Kansas grant, the Flint Hills Discovery Center, the Riley County Historical Museum, the Kansas Learning Center for Health and Jed Dunham.

Exhibit Programs


Check out the tabs below to explore all the exciting programs and events.
  1. Body Science Saturday
  2. Children's Programs
  3. Fall Lectures

Body Science Saturday

Saturday, October 12
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, inside the Flint Hills Discovery Center


Embark on an anatomical adventure with interactive demonstrations and activities. See how your lungs work with animal specimens, do a blind food taste test, listen to your heartbeat with a stethoscope, test your strength like an aerial artist and more!

Thank you to our partners:
  • Kansas Learning Center for Health
  • Manhattan Medical Group
  • Little Apple Pilates
  • Raising Riley - Riley County Health Department
  • K-State Kinesiology Student Association
  • and more!
Regular admission rates apply.