Microcosm

Microcosm is a museum of particle physics located at CERN in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, near the town of Meyrin. It covers a broad range of particle physics topics, as well as the entire history of CERN. Exhibits include:

  • explanations of the purpose of CERN and particle physics research in general.
  • a mock-up, hands-on version of Rutherford's gold foil experiment
  • a real-time cosmic ray detector
  • a mock-up of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel
  • models and explanations of current and future CERN experiments
  • equipment from old experiments, including a large part of the UA1 detector, which ran at the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN from 1981 to 1984, and helped discover the W and Z bosons.
Microcosm garden

The Microcosm garden features several large components of old CERN experiments.

  • The entire garden

  • The Big European Bubble Chamber

  • An RF cavity from the Large Electron-Positron Collider

  • Initial stages of an old particle accelerator

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