The museum is open
The new BODY WORLDS Museum is devoted to the Anatomy of Happiness and shows the astounding effects of happiness on our wellbeing and health.
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.
We look forward to your visit!
BODY WORLDS – Anatomy of Happiness
Whether it's great love, a carefree life or true friendship...we encounter happiness in various ways, but still never quite by accident.
When do we feel happiness? What happens to our body? Why can't we keep it forever? Plastinator Dr. Gunther von Hagens and curator Dr. Angelina Whalley pursue these and other questions in the newly designed BODY WORLDS museum in Heidelberg.
The permanent exhibition is not only devoted to human anatomy, its organ functions and questions about health, but also the Anatomy of Happiness.
A special collection of unique exhibits and accompanying interactive stations, where YOU can get on track to your happiness, reveal the wonderful complexity of your inner body and will inspire your sensibility to your own body and happiness.
*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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