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BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is closed.

The exhibition features a special presentation on the human life cycle and ageing – from prenatal development and infancy to youth, adult­hood and old age. It presents ageing in the context of the human life cycle, as a natural progression from the spark of life at conception to living with inspiration into later years. Incredible feats and cautionary tales about age related matters, as well as the latest find­ings in longevity research are staged alongside real human specimens preserved through plastination.

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open daily!
Monday - Friday
10am – 7pm (last admission 6pm)
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays
10am – 7pm (last admission 6pm)

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Kulturwerft Gollan
Einsiedelstr. 6
23554 Lübeck




frequently asked questions

BODY WORLDS: The Original Exhibition, is the first exhibition of its kind to inform the visitor about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, while he was working as an anatomist at the University of Heidelberg. Since the beginning of the exhibition series in Japan in 1995, more than 50 million visitors in over 90 cities in Asia, Europe, America and Africa have seen the world's most successful traveling exhibition.

What does BODY WORLDS show?

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.

What is Plastination?

Invented by scientist and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, Plastination is the groundbreaking method of halting decomposition to preserve anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. The process involves extracting all bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, replacing them through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then curing them with light, heat or certain gases, which give the specimens rigidity and permanence.

What educational materials are provided?

Teachers will wish to prepare both their students and their adult supervisors carefully for their exhibition experience. Educator materials are available for download on the Teacher & Parents site. Please inquire about educator preview opportunities.

Who should see BODY WORLDS?

Anyone interested in learning what makes us human. Adults of all ages and children will find the exhibits fascinating. Given the nature of the BODY WORLDS exhibits, it is up to parents, guardians or school staff to decide whether BODY WORLDS is appropriate for the children in their care. 

Can you take photographs or film in the exhibitions?

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.

How long will I need to fully appreciate the exhibition?

Average duration of a visit to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is one hour but guests are welcome to remain in the exhibition as long as they wish, within opening hours.

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