Body Worlds Vital
October, 20 2018 – January, 20 2019
GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre
BODY WORLDS is the Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies - seen by 47 million visitors globally. Vital celebrates the potential of the human body and the body in motion. It educates visitors about human health, wellness, and disease. By making healthy living practices an integral part of our lives, we can innoculate our bodies from a host of illnesses and medical conditions. The exhibit inspires visitors to assert themselves and to claim responsibility for their own health and well-being. BODY WORLDS Vital educates visitors about the marvel that is the human body and inspires them to live with vitality and to their full potential. BODY WORLDS Vital is your opportunity to explore the mysteries of the human form. With a focus on preventative health management, this world-renowned exhibition makes the connection between a healthy lifestyle and your physical well-being.
The exhibition intends to:
for one’s sense of health
the potential and limits of the body
the question of the meaning of life.
What can you see?
Each BODY WORLDS exhibition contains real human
specimens, including a series of fascinating whole-body plastinates as well as
individual organs, organ configurations, blood vessels and transparent body
slices. The plastinates take the visitor on an exciting journey under the
skin. It provides wide-ranging 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 or hip joints. Individual
specimens are used to compare healthy and diseased organs, i.e., a healthy lung
with that of a smoker, to emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Life-like posed whole-body plastinates illustrate the positions these organs
inside the human body.
What is plastination?
Plastination was invented by Dr. Gunther von
Hagens in 1977 at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and has continuously
been developed it since then. Plastination is a technique that stops the
decomposition of the dead body and produces solid, odourless and durable
anatomical specimens for scientific and medical training. The production of a
human whole body plastinate requires approximately 1,500 working hours.
Plastination is a
process designed to preserve the body for educational and instructional
purposes – in a more detailed way than ever before. Plastinates are dry,
odorless, durable and are particularly valuable educational tools not only for
medical professionals but also for a broader public. The process itself is
Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg
The foundation for this work has been the IfP’s body
donation program which was established by Gunther
von Hagens at Heidelberg University and later transferred, with the consent
of the registered body donors, to his Institute. The IfP continues to be
responsible for this unique body donation program to this day. More than 17,000
body donors are currently registered (as of March 2018).
The IfP later began curating and
organizing the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. The design and worldwide coordination
of these exhibitions has by now become one of the institute‘s main tasks, and
these activities are led by Dr. Angelina
She has been the IfP’s Managing
Director since 1997.
They belonged to people who declared during their
lifetime that their bodies should be made available after their deaths for the
training of physicians and the instruction of laypersons.
Many donors underscore that
by donating their body, they want to be useful to others even after their
death. Their selfless donations allow us to gain unique insights into the human
body, which had previously been reserved for physicians. Therefore, we wish to
thank the living and deceased body donors.
Plan your visit with children and youngsters
Family guide »
to visiting BODY WORLDS we recommend that students and children review the
guide, which is intended to help them become familiar with the exhibits and
prepare them to gain the most from their learning experience.
WORLDS is a wonderful opportunity for children, as well as for adults, to
explore, discover and learn together.
exhibition’s goal is to create an educational experience for visitors of all
ages to explore and witness the human body first hand.
an in-depth exploration of the human body, BODY WORLDS presents anatomy in a
way never experienced through conventional textbooks, educational tools and
who are familiar with the nature of the exhibits often have a more enjoyable
and valuable educational experience.
both, preparatory and follow-up work with school classes or with your family,
please download our educational materials.