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Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You

Dive headfirst into the digestive system for an unforgettable journey of super-sized science with Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You.

This is a high-profile, entertaining, interactive, family-focused exhibition about health and the human body, in collaboration with the BBC and the Operation Ouch! brand.

Visitors will get hands-on and immersed within the world of medical science as they explore their bodies and health. Aimed specifically at children and the adults guiding them, the content of Operation Ouch! is pitched at an accessible level with an entertaining and fun approach.

Guided by videos and illustrations of our hosts Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx, visitors are shrunk, swallowed and squeezed through Dr Xand's digestive system.

From the tip of the tongue to the end of the bum, visitors explore the role of each organ in the digestive journey through interactive games and challenges, fun facts and fascinating objects from the Science Museum Group's collection.

Experience highlights

  • Enter the mouth and play in a set of giant teeth to find out why our teeth are different shapes. 
  • Bop the bad bacteria as quickly as you can in the stomach.  
  • Meet Larry the Vomiting Robot, who helped scientists understand how bacteria and viruses in our vomit spread and make people sick. 
  • Take a walk through the villi in the small intestine, then see if you can hit the high score in the nutrient toss. 
  • Discover the surprising science behind tummy rumbles and bottom grumbles. 
  • Chill out and soak up the atmosphere in the appendix. 
  • Spin the wheel on the poo-duction line and guess the smells in the stink chamber.  
  • Put on a poo hat and prepare to get flushed down a giant toilet! 
  • Step back into the real world and explore the Doctors' super-secret lab, packed with incredible experiments, games and surprises.

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You brings the hit BBC Children's TV series to life for the first time as a world premiere exhibition experience. The exhibition has been developed by the Science and Industry Museum and produced in collaboration with BBC and 141 Productions, part of All3Media's Objective Media Group.

Contact us

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You will tour from autumn 2024—please get in touch with our team at for bookings.