This summer, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester welcomes the world premiere of immersive exhibition Food, Poo and You, from the brains behind CBBC hit Operation Ouch!. The exhibition is truly for the whole family, providing interactive education on the digestive system and human biology. It promises plenty of giggle-worthy grossness, from exploring a set of super-sized gnashers, to slipping down the oesophagus and investigating the innerworkings of the intestines.
Opening at the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester on Friday 21st July, Food, Poo and You will see visitors sent on a special mission to get up close and, in one case, extremely personal, with presenters Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx as they are shrunk, swallowed, squeezed through and spat out of Dr Xand’s digestive system during a lively, interactive and playful adventure to better understand our brilliant bodies.
The job of each digestive organ will be discovered through interactive activities that reveal the biology behind that body part. These include sniffing out the science of how food is broken down during a smelly challenge and protecting the body from bugs by fighting off bad bacteria in a game to test even the most energetic child. An interactive poo-duction line will also see visitors work together to help move waste through the large intestine and out the other end.
Of course this is a fun and silly day out for all the family, but really understanding how our bodies work is crucial to our own health as we grow up. With gut health being a huge topic of discussion at the moment, experiences such as this can really help to decipher how certain foods can affect our bodies for better or worse, and is important to learn as young as possible.
Steven Leech, Curator of Exhibitions at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “From slobber to stomach acid and vomit to poo, this exhibition challenges taboos and proves it’s healthy to understand and discuss how our bodies work.
“Science can be serious stuff, but it’s also really fun. Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You will offer a playful early experience that builds confidence in young people who want to explore science. It’s going to be a fantastic exhibition so hold onto your hats, and your noses, and come and get stuck into the science inside all of us.”
Dr Chris and Xand added: “Get ready to make history and take part in our most epic experiment yet! Find out how your food gets mashed, pulped, squeezed and absorbed, and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of your incredible digestive system!
“Our bodies are amazing. There’s nothing we wouldn’t do to demonstrate all the wonderful ways they work and this exhibition is proof! So make sure you come along and get digested at the Science and Industry Museum – it’ll be absolutely disgusting!”
Tickets for Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You are on sale now here, with tickets being £10 for adults, £9 for children and concessions, and ages three and under go free.