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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:

  • strengthen for one’s sense of health
  • show the potential and limits of the body
  • raise 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.

 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 relatively simple.


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 Whalley.

She has been the IfP’s Managing Director since 1997.

Body donation

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

  • Prior 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.
  • BODY WORLDS is a wonderful opportunity for children, as well as for adults, to explore, discover and learn together.
  • The exhibition’s goal is to create an educational experience for visitors of all ages to explore and witness the human body first hand.
  • Allowing an in-depth exploration of the human body, BODY WORLDS presents anatomy in a way never experienced through conventional textbooks, educational tools and lessons.
  • Visitors who are familiar with the nature of the exhibits often have a more enjoyable and valuable educational experience.
  • For both, preparatory and follow-up work with school classes or with your family, please download our educational materials.

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