The Genome Gallery is the Wellcome Genome Campus’ exhibition space. Through a changing programme of displays we explore genomics research, and encourage visitors to consider the social and personal impact of learning about our genetic code.


In creating an exhibition space we wanted to find new ways for people to engage with our research, in ways that could be self-directed and reflective. The space comprises core displays: objects, illustrations and film bring to life the story of the Human Genome Project, and how trees of life have helped us understand the connections of all living things. At the heart of the Genome Gallery is a space for temporary exhibitions. Throughout the year a programme of art installations, object displays and immersive works offer fresh approaches to the subject, and encourage you to come back and visit again. We’ve welcomed hundreds of visitors so far, and for most it’s their first visit to the Wellcome Genome Campus. We hope it’ll be the first of many.


The gallery sits within Public Engagement at Wellcome Genome Campus and is part of the wider programme of Wellcome Connecting Science which includes a large scale conference centre, Society and Ethics Research and Advanced Courses and Academic Conferences. Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.



6:30 pm on April 26, 2021

Through playful encounters with food we have been exploring the science behind what happens in our DNA at a cellular level as we age.

Portrait of genetic counsellor Helen Jolley in a corridor of the St Mary's Hospital in Manchester.

Empowering People: Genetic Counselling in Focus

October 1, 2019 to April 25, 2021

What is a genetic counsellor, what do they do, and who gets to see one? 

Defeat the Helix

May 18, 2019 to September 21, 2019

An alien lifeform known as The Helix has found Earth and is taking over the planet! Will you take on the mission of defeating the Helix by solving puzzles and working out clues? 

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Curious Nature

August 28, 2018 to April 20, 2019

The natural world is a curious place! Delve deeper and discover more about the world around us.

Metastasis gold-leaf paint and ink on paper by Alex Cagan

Genomic Expressions

March 22, 2018 to June 16, 2018

 What does genomics mean to you?

Hidden Lives: a story of discovery

June 16, 2017 to February 28, 2018

An exhibition charting the archaeological discoveries of the Wellcome Genome Campus

Letter by Letter

February 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017

An exhibition charting the development of DNA sequencing technology using objects from the Wellcome Genome Campus collection.


October 7, 2016 to February 12, 2017

A ‘poetry machine’ playing the 3.2 billion bases of the human genome like a musical score.

Silent Signal

May 12, 2016 to September 30, 2016

A group exhibition of experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body.


October 9, 2015 to April 30, 2016

An unsettling audio-visual installation exploring malaria