Anatomy of Happiness
The Body as the Place of Happiness
True love, a carefree life, good friends…we all strive for a life filled with happiness. But have you ever wondered where happiness actually comes from, or why it’s so important to us? Why can’t we get enough of it, and why does it never seem to last?
Like every action, perception or sensation, happiness is a result of certain processes in our body. At the BODY WORLDS Museum in Heidelberg, real human specimens called “Plastinates”, invite you to discover the secrets that hide beneath your skin. You will learn amazing facts about human health and function, which parts of your anatomy are involved in feeling happiness and how positive or negative emotions can affect the entire body. Everything we experience, feel, do and don’t do with our body has an effect on it sooner or later.
See within, explore happiness and change the way you view yourself!
Corona Update: In Heidelberg, as of Sunday, April 3, 2022, the previous requirements and restrictions for museum visits will no longer apply in accordance with the Corona Ordinance of Baden-Württemberg. The 3G rule will no longer apply and masks will no longer be required. For the protection of our visitors and staff, we ask that you voluntarily follow the distance, mask and hygiene recommendations. The permission to open the museum depends on the guidelines recommended by national, state and local authorities and incidence figures. Please note that changes can therefore occur at any time. We will inform you about changes here on our website.
*Concessions: Only with valid verification: Students under 30, apprentices 18+, volunteer workers, seniors 65+, disabled persons.
Free admission: Children under 7 years, teachers and trainee teachers (with verification), companions of disabled persons (marking B), body donors of the Institute for Plastination, journalists.
Museum tour for groups
For groups, we recommend a guided tour through the KÖRPERWELTEN exhibition accompanied by a medical guide. During the tour you will get an even more intensive insight into the human body, individual diseases will be explained in detail and your questions will be answered directly by your guide.
Price per Medi-Guide: 80€ plus entrance fees
Group size per guide: up to 15 persons
Please enquire by phone on +49 (0)6221 1362920 or by e-mail to: email@example.com.
Please reserve tickets for school groups by phone 0+49 (0)6221 1362920 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Teachers and student teachers (with verification) get free admission.
2for1: Monday = Student Day
On Mondays, 2 students pay the price of 1 ticket (8 €/person): 16€
Please show your student IDs at the box office.
Listen & Learn! Design your exhibition visit according to your personal interest. The The audio tour lasts approx. 2 hours and is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Rental fee for the audio guide is 3,50 €.
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.
The exhibition is barrier-free and bilingual (EN/DE).
Address & Directions
Plan your visit
Baden-Württemberg | Germany
The “Altes Hallenbad” is within walking distance from the central Bismarkplatz (5 min) and the main station (15 min).
P 17 Public Library/ Stadtbücherei
Bus & Tram
Stop “Altes Hallenbad“
RNV Tram 21, 26
RNV Bus 34, 35
Stop “Stadtbücherei/Public Library“ and “Seegarten”
RNV Tram 5, 21, 22, 23
RNV Bus 20, 29, 32, 33, 35, 39a, 39
RNV Straßenbahn 5, 22, 23, 26
RNV Bus 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 39a, 39
frequently asked questions
Each BODY WORLDS exhibition contains real human specimens, including whole-body plastinates as well as individual organs, organ configurations and translucent body slices. The spectacular plastinates in the exhibition take the visitor on an exciting journey of discovery under the skin. It provides a comprehensive insight into the anatomy and physiology of the human body. In addition to organ functions, common diseases are described in an easily understood manner by comparing healthy and affected organs. They show the long-term impact of diseases and addictions, such as tobacco or alcohol consumption, and demonstrate the mechanics of artificial knee and hip joints.
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT was designed for visitors of all ages to better understand animal anatomy. Children and adults will be delighted when they discover curiosities about animals – like the reason why reindeers can navigate icy ground, what the giraffe's tongue is capable of, and why bulls have such strength. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see and learn about animals like never before.
The BODY WORLDS exhibitions rely on the generosity of body donors; individuals who bequeathed that, upon their death, their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the exhibition. All the whole-body plastinates and the majority of the specimens are from these body donors; a few organs and specific specimens that show unusual conditions come from old anatomical collections and morphological institutes. As agreed upon by the body donors, their identities and causes of death are not disclosed. The exhibition focuses on the nature of our bodies, not on providing personal information.
Professional and commercial photography and filming in the exhibitions is not allowed. Some venues may permit amateur photography with small handheld devices. Please note that photography that may be distracting to other guests may be limited or restricted at any time. Members of the media wishing to photograph or film in the exhibition should contact the local PR office.
Dogs or other pets are not permitted in the exhibition, except assistance dogs and guide dogs for the blind. The exhibition welcomes guide dogs fitted with a suitable harness. We ask to register guide dogs prior to your visit.
Institut für Plastination e.K. | Im Bosseldorn 17 | 69126 Heidelberg, Germany
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