BODY WORLDS Museum
FR:EIA - The world's first Human 3-D Fascia Plastinate - Now at the BODY WORLDS Museum in Berlin!
Current opening hours: Monday - Sunday from 10am - 7pm (last admission: 6pm).
Note: Tickets purchased online must be presented at the box office to be validated.
Information: The exhibition is barrier-free and air-conditioned.
The BODY WORLDS Museum gives insights into the highly complex structures of the human body and shows what connects us, keeps us upright and in motion, and what makes us laugh and love.
Moreover, the Museum opens the visitors' eyes to various facets that determine our existence:
HAPPINESS & UNHAPPINESS
The pursuit of happiness and love dominate our lives. But what determines whether we are happy or not?
EXCESS & MODERATION
Modern life is comfortable. Yet at the same time, we long for a perfect body, vitality and health. How can we find the right balance?
PRESSURE & RELEASE
Too much pressure is bad for body and mind. How can we resist and refuel our body?
GLUTTONY & RESTRAINT
What our body needs for a long, healthy life often contrasts with how we feed it. What can our body bear?
CHANCE & DESTINY
Life is a mystery. Humanity has always been fascinated by the question of where we come from. What determines whether we are alive and healthy?
(upon presentation of student ID. Only at the box office.) 15 €
*Only with valid identification: Students up to age 30, Seniors 65+, apprentices age 18+, individuals with disabilities.
Free Admission: Children under the age of 7, teachers and legal trainees, attendants of individuals with disabilities (label B) and body donors to the IfP (upon presentation of donor ID card).
Listen and Learn! Design your exhibition visit according to your personal interest. The Audio Guide tour is available in English and German. The audio guide is available in German and English and can be obtained at the ticket office for a rental fee of 2,50 €.
NEW: Free Audio-Tour
Use your smartphone in our free WLAN. Scan the QR-Code at the counter and start the tour (no download needed). The free tour is available in English and German. Please take other visitors into consideration and use your headphones.
Please reserve tickets for school groups by phone: +49 (0)30 847 1255 23 or email: email@example.com. Teachers and student teachers (with verification) get free admission.
Free admission available for
Teachers and student teachers (with valid verification), companions of disabled person, body donors of the Institute for Plastination (with donor ID card), children up to 6 years of age.
You are looking for a suitable gift? The gift voucher allows the entry for any day without reservation. The gift voucher is neither date nor time bound. The perfect gift!
2for1: Tuesday = Student Day
On Tuesdays, 2 students pay the price of 1 ticket (7,50 €/person): 15€
Please show your student IDs at the box office.
The exhibition is barrier-free and air-conditioned.
Address & Directions
Plan your visit
Directly at the TV-Tower
You will find the exhibition in the basement of the TV-tower. Leaving the train station heading towards the TV-tower, you will have to walk around the building to find the entrance on the opposite side of it.
Coming from the “Museumsinsel” (Museum Island) you will find the entrance right behind the “Neptunbrunnen” (Neptun’s fountain).
We recommend using the public transportation, since parking space is rare and expensive. The Station Berlin Alexanderplatz is close to the exhibition and hosts many Metro- Bus- and street train lines. Please find the best connection at BVG.
The fascial connective tissue makes up about 20% of our body, depending on our constitution, and forms an all-encompassing net-like network that connects the individual body structures and anchors them glidingly in the body. This does not sound very spectacular, and that is why scientists have paid little attention to this tissue for centuries.
The actual functions of connective tissue were completely misunderstood for a long time. Only in recent years has it begun to be understood that it plays a central role in our health. Thus, back pain often has its cause not in vertebral or disc damage, but in the fasciae. Muscle soreness and sports injuries are also usually based on fascia injuries.
Although fascia is the focus of scientific and therapeutic attention today, three-dimensional imaging of fascial tissue has been a challenge until now. This is precisely what the team led by BODY WORLDS creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens, together with experts from the International Fascia Society, has now succeeded in doing. For three years, anatomists, scientists, physicians and physiotherapists from both teams from different countries worked to illustrate the complex and extremely unstable connective tissue network on an entire body. The resulting whole-body plastinate, called FR:EIA (= Fascia Revealed: Educating Interconnected Anatomy), shows this reticular tissue system in minute detail. It is the only preparation of its kind in the world.
Dr. Robert Schleip has put fascia in a new light with his years of research and has thereby contributed significantly to a rethinking in the sports, fitness, yoga, osteopathy and physiotherapy fields as well as in Chinese medicine. For him, FR:EIA is a breakthrough in three-dimensional fascia representation: "FR:EIA realizes a historically significant extension of conventional anatomy. In this novel representation, the fascial connective tissue takes center stage instead of being recognized only as a supportive background and packaging organ. Without the blessings of plastination, this beautiful whole-body representation of the fascial network would not have been possible. FR:EIA is therefore a unique object of study for all physicians, therapists and fascia experts, but also a revelation for the medical layman," says Dr. Robert Schleip.
For BODY WORLDS curator Dr. Angelina Whalley, the plastinate is the absolute highlight of the exhibition: "Even Leonardo da Vinci admonished us to recognize that everything is connected to everything else. The ever-growing findings in fascia research impressively prove his view. FR:EIA will permanently change the way we look at ourselves, our understanding of our physical needs and the way we treat our bodies. I am delighted to be able to present this unique plastinate to a broad public in our BODY WORLDS Museum in Berlin."
Click here for the webinar-recording.
We cordially invite you to explore the new fascia area at the BODY WORLDS Museum at Alexanderplatz for yourself!
How does it work?
Just connect to the WLAN with your smartphone, scan the QR code at the cash desk, and then you're ready to go. The audio tour for your smartphone is available in German and English.
We wish you an exciting visit to our exhibition!
The origins of fascia bodywork can be traced back to the work of Dr. Ida Rolf, who developed the method now known as Rolfing® Structural Integration. As we approach what would have been her 127th birthday on May 19th, it is a good time to reflect on the origins of fascia bodywork and the impact of her pioneering work.
Discovering the Role of Fascia in the Body
Dr. Rolf was a biochemist who became interested in alternative views of health and well-being. Her approach was based on the idea that the body's structure and function are intimately connected.
She discovered that by manipulating the fascia - the connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles and organs - she could improve the body's alignment and overall health. Her method involved a series of ten sessions, each lasting around an hour, during which the practitioner would work the fascia using deep tissue manipulation and other techniques.
Scientific Recognition of Fascia
Today, fascia is recognized as an important and complex system in the body. Research continues to explore its many functions and interactions with other tissues. It is now scientifically proven that fascia is a network of connective tissue that runs throughout the body, providing support, protection, and structure to muscles, bones, and organs.
The collection of fascia plastinates at the BODYWORLDS Museum Berlin reflects the increased scientific interest in fascia. These preserved specimens showcase the intricate network of fascia in the human body and offer a unique opportunity to study and appreciate the complexity of this previously often-overlooked tissue.
The Leading Method of Fascia Bodywork
Dr. Rolf's early recognition of the importance of fascia and her fascia-focused bodywork have shaped our understanding of this complex and dynamic system. The field has continued to evolve and expand since her time. Practitioners may use a variety of techniques to work on the fascia, including deep tissue manipulation, myofascial release, and stretching.
Today, fascia bodywork receives more recognition than ever, with a growing body of research supporting its many benefits for health and well-being. As the study of fascia continues to evolve, Rolfing Structural Integration remains the leading method for working with this important tissue in the body. The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® Europe continues to train more and more Certified Rolfers®, who work on their clients’ fascial structure to improve mobility, reduce pain, and promote overall well-being.
More information: rolfing.org.
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