Drawing from the legacies of historic German breweries and the original United States Naval Observatory, the Foggy Bottom Microobservatory is a multimedia hub for research and imagination.

Taking the form of a miniature building, the Microobservatory is the base of operations for a team of researchers capable of shrinking to microscopic size to learn about the wild yeast and microbacteria inhabiting Foggy Bottom. These tiny microfauna can be found all over the world, with specific varieties responsible for a rich history of fermented foods and drinks. 

The original Naval Observatory was an early center for scientific study in the United States, sending out a daily telegraph at noon to mark the time for major cities and railroads. This expansion of regulated time united people under the shared objectivity of cosmological order. Today’s global culture has no need to synchronize watches, so the Microobservatory offers a chance to explore your own neighborhood by broadcasting daily updates on it ongoing experiments.


Follow the broadcasts here or on Instagram for sequential homebrew experiments, fermentation recipes and field reports from the micronauts themselves, brave scientists able to shrink to microscopic scale in pursuit of wild yeast cells. Visitors to the Microobservatory can also engage with wild microbes through free workshops focused on natural fermentation. 

Visit the Microobservatory outside 915 26th Street NW, Washington D.C.

Project developed by artist Benjamin Andrew