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Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis


Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis explores the complex and fascinating story of New York and infectious disease. When tiny germs interact with a massive metropolis like New York City, no aspect of life goes untouched.

On view at the Museum of the City of New York from September 14, 2018, through April 28, 2019, Germ City features an innovative and interactive hybrid gallery that blends political, cultural, medical and personal dimensions to create an immersive experience for visitors.

The exhibition integrates historical artifacts such an iron lung and a never-before-publicly-exhibited letter from “Typhoid Mary”; exclusive contemporary art by featured artists Blast Theory, Mariam Ghani, Ekene Ijeoma; as well as Jordan Eagles’s powerful “Blood Mirror.” Germ City also includes a collection of New Yorkers’ personal objects and stories and a curated selection of books and hands-on activities to engage adults and children alike.

Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation which aims to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. The exhibition is part of Contagious Cities, a major international project led by Wellcome, staged in New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong. Adults (20 and over): $18;  Seniors (65+), Students: $12 with I.D.;  19 and under: Free;  Members: Free.

Museum of the City of New York
  • 1220 Fifth Ave.
  • Manhattan, NY 10029