Museum Amsterdam BODY WORLDS

What determines if we are happy?
Amsterdam museum BODY WORLDS

Since 2012 Amsterdam has had a permanent BODY WORLDS exposition on Damrak. What can you see in the museum? What is the background of this revolutionary exhibition? And how can you go to BODY WORLDS with a discount?

REVOLUTIONARYDr. von Hagens at BODY WORLDS Amsterdam

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions - also known as Körperwelten - have caused a worldwide revolution. Never before has an exhibition changed the way people see themselves so much. It is the only exhibition in the world that is based on a donor programme.

The plastinates that can be seen in the exhibits originate from this donor programme. The process of plastination was invented by Dr. Von Hagens in 1977. In the years that followed, he continuously improved the process. In 1995, plastinates were exhibited for the first time to the general public in Tokyo.


After the success in Tokyo, more temporary exhibitions followed and now exhibitions have been held in more than 50 museums in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2010, the first exhibition of animal plastinates was also held.

The temporary exhibitions in Rotterdam (2010/2011) and Amsterdam (2012) were so successful that Dr. Gunther von Hagens decided to open a permanent exhibition in the centre of Amsterdam with a completely new theme: Happiness. Worldwide, there are only 5 permanent BODY WORLDS exhibitions, of which only two are outside of Germany.


The search for happiness and love dominates our lives, but what determines whether we are happy? We, the anatomical museum BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project in the heart of Amsterdam, take visitors on a wondrous journey through the human body, in search of what makes us happy and what effect this has on our health.

More than 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies show the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of our bodies. They show the function of organs, but also how everyday illnesses affect us.


Visitors have chosen BODY WORLDS as their fourth favourite museum in Amsterdam. Given the large number of excellent museums in the Dutch capital, this is quite an achievement. The top three consists of the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

BODY WORLDS is thus chosen above the Amsterdam museums like the Stedelijk Museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the NEMO Science Museum. Because of we have consistently received good reviews from visitors BODY WORLDS also received a Travelers' Choice award from Tripadvisor. Visitors call BODY WORLDS a "must see", "great", "fantastic", and "beautiful and educational".


Would you like to join the more than 40 million visitors worldwide who have gone before you and take a fascinating journey through the human body? Then book your tickets for BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project now!

The easiest way to book tickets is right here on the website, with the best discount deals, always the best availability and you will receive your tickets by email almost immediately after booking. Also, tickets that have been ordered directly at BODY WORLDS Amsterdam can be rebooked or cancelled for free until 8 hours before the start of your visit.