Opened in 2014, an anatomical museum called Body Worlds has opened its doors in Amsterdam. The museum is located in a historic building in the city centre, between the Central Station and Dam Square, and is nothing less than a real exhibition of human bodies. You will learn a lot about the amazing history of our bodies, discover the influence of positive emotions on our health and go on an amazing journey full of amazing discoveries about the human body.
About the museum
First of all, the museum displays over 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies, showing how our organs work and clearly demonstrating the complexity of our bodies. The amazing saxophonist on stage, the human heart shown as if under a microscope in great detail, an imposing demonstration of the lungs of a smoker and a non-smoker, a caring chess player, a man with a steering wheel in his hands – all the ‘human sculptures’ are thought out in great detail and look extremely real.
Go to the exhibition and you will learn how love affects our brain, how the feeling of happiness influences our health and body and you will discover the amazing secrets of happiness. The museum staff will be happy to tell you which factors contribute more to positive emotions than others, and at the same time are beneficial to our bodies.
Regarding the history of the creation of the plastination technique, thanks to which it became possible to preserve anatomical preparations and stop their decomposition, I must mention that this method belongs to the German scientist Gunter von Hagens and became popular at the end of the last century. The first BODY WORLDS exhibition took place in Tokyo in 1995 and was subsequently shown in over 50 museums in America, Europe and Asia. Despite all the religious and ethical objections, BODY WORLDS has attracted a total of about 40 million visitors and has become the most popular exhibition of its kind in the world.
In the museum, you will also find a unique shop, which offers visitors some amazing objects.
How to get there
Opening hours: Sunday to Friday: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
Ticket price: €20.50
The main aim of the Body Worlds exhibition is to raise public awareness of health issues, which is why all teachers and schoolteachers can enter the museum free of charge.
Damrak 66, 1012 LM Amsterdam, The Netherlands