About Body Worlds Amsterdam:
Gunther von Hagens’ 'Body Worlds: The Happiness Project' is an interactive exhibition revealing how happiness affects both body and mind. You'll see over 200 human anatomical specimens arranged in the scenes and poses of everyday life.
The exhibition may seem shocking to some, but its purpose is to make us reflect on the fascinating complexity of our own bodies, their inherent fragility, and how this contrasts with our mental well-being. This eye-opening exploration into biology and emotion has attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide so far - don't miss out!
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Sunday-Friday: 09:00 to 20:00.
- Saturday: 09:00 to 22:00.
- Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Body Worlds Address:
- Damrak 66, 1012 LM, Amsterdam.
- Adult tickets aged 19+ years.
- Child tickets aged 6-18 years.
- Children aged 0-5 travel free of charge.
Who Is Gunther von Hagens?
Gunther von Hagens is a world renowned German anatomist who has hosted a number a television programs about the structure and function of human bodies. In the UK he created the 2005 Channel 4 TV program 'Anatomy for Beginners' and presented it in conjunction with professor Professor John Lee.
This exhibition in the city of Amsterdam stems from his pioneering work on the preservation technique of 'plastination', a process whereby bodily fluids contained in human tissue are replaced by polymers (such as silicone rubber) using a vacuum.
Plastination hardens the corpse and stops it from decaying. It is therefore possible to easily display the bodies for the purpose of education and appreciation. The latter applies to Hagens' 'Body World' exhibition. Real humans who gave their bodies over to the project after they died now feature as part of the stunning and profound displays.