BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart – From March 25, 2022 until July 17, 2022
The thematic focus of BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart is the heart with its extensive vascular system. The dense network of arteries, veins and capillaries measures over 96,500 kilometres. If linked together, it would span around the earth more than twice.
The heart is the steadfast engine of our life. Due to this continuous strain it is also susceptible to wear and tear and to dysfunctions. Diseases of the cardiovascular system are the leading cause of death today.
As exhibition curator and physician, this special feature is especially dear to Dr. Angelina Whalley’s heart: "We only think of our heart, this vitally important organ, when it falls ill or suffers great stress. I hope that the exhibition encourages the visitor to live more heart-conscious and heart-healthy."
*Concessions: Only with valid verification: Students under 30, seniors 65+, apprentices 18+, disabled persons.
Free admission: Children under 7 years, teachers and student teachers, companions of disabled persons (B), body donors of the Institute for Plastination.
Fees: Additional fees may apply when ordering online or by phone.
Please reserve tickets for school groups by phone: +49 (0)69/427262642 or via e-mail: email@example.com. Teachers and student teachers (with verification) get free admission.
Free admission available
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.
Flex-Ticket / Gift Voucher
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: Monday = Student Day
On Mondays, 2 students pay the price of 1 ticket (7,50 €/person): 15€. Please show your student IDs at the box office.
Listen and Learn! Design your exhibition visit according to your personal interest. The Audio Guide tour is available in English, French and German.
The exhibition is trilingual (D/EN/FR) and barrier-free.
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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 52 million visitors in over 150 cities in the Americas, Europe, South Africa, Asia, and Australasia have seen the world's most successful traveling exhibition.
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.
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.
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.
The poses of the plastinates have been carefully thought out and serve educational aims. Each plastinate is posed to illustrate different anatomical features. For instance, the athletic poses illustrate the use of muscle systems while playing sports. The poses are chosen to highlight specific anatomical features and allow the visitor to relate the plastinate to his or her own body.
The organizers of BODY WORLDS believe that when people understand more about how the body works and how it can break down, they are more likely to choose healthy and sustainable lifestyles. We also hope it will inspire visitors to learn more about the life sciences. Knowledge about what the human body looks like and how it functions is basic life science information that should be available to everyone. During the run of the exhibition, we will be actively reaching out to educators and medical professionals to ensure that they have the opportunity to experience the exhibition.
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.
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