Find the answers to the frequently asked questions here.

  • What is BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project?
    • BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project is part of the world-famous exhibitions BODY WORLDS: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. These are worldwide exhibitions where real plastinated human bodies can be seen. Human bodies that have been treated in a special way so that the dissolution process is prevented. The plastination method was invented in 1977 by the German anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

  • What is plastination?
    • Plastination is a method in which the tissue fluid is replaced by reaction plastics such as silicone rubber with the aid of a special vacuum process. The decomposition and desiccation process is thus completely terminated. The patented plastination method makes it possible to view the inside of the human body in a unique way.

  • Where do the human preparations come from?
    • The exhibited pieces in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions all come from the donor program. People can sign up for this. They then indicate that their body, after death, may be used for medical science and education. Most of the whole bodies come from this donor program. Only a few organs, fetuses and specific preparations that have noticeable deviations come from old anatomical collections and institutes. It has been agreed with the donors that their identity and cause of death will not be made public. The exhibitions focus on the nature of the bodies and not on personal information. Currently, there are 13,000 registered donors in the Body Donation Program.

  • What is the purpose of BODY WORLDS?
    • The exhibitions of Gunter von Hägens aim to inform a broad public about the functioning of the human body. By means of the plastinates, the public gets an insight into the functioning of organs, the development of diseases and the effects that certain actions have on human health. With this BODY WORLDS wants to arouse the interest in anatomy and psychology, increase knowledge and encourage people to live healthier.

  • Why are the plastinates positioned this way?
    • The position of the plastinates has been determined with great care and serves an educational purpose. The bodies that are in an athletic position, for example, clearly show what the muscles do during exercise. The positions have been chosen to show the anatomy of the human body even better.

  • Can you touch the plastinates?
    • It is not allowed to touch the exhibited bodies.

  • Have the Ethical issues of these exhibitions been reviewed?
    • Before the opening of the American premiere of BODY WORLDS, a committee consisting of theologians, ethicists, academics and medical experts has extensively discussed the ethical issues that come with these exhibitions. Led by the Californian Science Center in Los Angeles, an 'Ethics Review of the origins of bodies in BODY WORLDS' was written based on this consultation.

  • How long is BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project in Amsterdam?
    • The exhibition BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project can be seen permanently in Amsterdam.

  • Is the exhibition suitable for children?
    • There are no age limits for a visit to the exhibition for children or young people who are accompanied by educators. We do advise to prepare the children for the visit. Parents and teachers must decide for themselves whether the children and young people in their care are adequately prepared for the BODY WORLDS exhibition visit. 

  • Can I eat and drink during my visit?
    • It is not allowed to eat or drink during your visit to BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project.

Getting to the exhibition

  • What is the address of BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project?
    • The exhibition is located at Damrak 66 in the centre of Amsterdam.

  • How do I get to BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project?
    • The location is easily accessible by public transport. Several trams stop in front of the door (4, 14 and 24) and it is only a ten-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station (the nearest train and bus station).

  • Where is the nearest parking garage?
    • There are several parking garages near the location. Check this page for a special parking deal at Q-Park for visitors to BODY WORLDS.

  • Where is the nearest entry and exit point for coach buses?
    • When you want to park with a coach at BODY WORLDS you can visit the five municipal parking lots in or near the city centre. In total, more than 116 parking spaces are available here for coaches:

      • Zuiderzeeweg 46a
      • Prins Hendrikkade opposite number 120 (corner Oosterdokskade)
      • Q-Park Busparking Museumplein (entrance Paulus Potterstraat / corner Rijksmuseum)
      • Plantation Doklaan (at Artis Zoo)
      • Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat (at Gassan Diamonds)
      • The Prins Hendrikkade car park is the closest location from the Beurs van Berlage.

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