BODY WORLDS. THE RHYTHM OF LIFE. MILANO
The average visit time is approximately one hour and a half. Check our opening hours to plan your visit so you can enjoy it from beginning to end!
There is no minimum age for access to the exhibition. Children up to 6 years old will be able to access the exhibition for free by previously requesting their ticket at the box office. All children in attendance to BODY WORLDS must be accompanied by an adult.
You can take photos and videos if they are for personal use. Make sure to remove the flash as it may disturb other visitors. Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not permitted inside the exhibition. Professional photography and filming in the exhibition is limited to registered members of the media, for editorial purposes only.
Eating and drinking is not permitted.
While you will be able to get very close to the plastinates, as a rule, visitors are not allowed to touch them.
It is not allowed to enter the exhibition with baby strollers, large backpacks, suitcases, motorcycle helmets, bicycles, skateboards, or any other wheeled means of transport. Child carrier backpacks are allowed.
The exhibition contains real human specimens, including whole-body plastinates as well as individual organs, organ configurations, and transparent body slices. In addition to organ functions, common diseases are described by comparing healthy and affected organs which shows the long-term impact of diseases and addictions.
BODY WORLDS aims to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices. It is also presented in the hopes that it will motivate visitors to learn more about the science of anatomy and physiology.
Anyone interested in learning what makes us human will find the exhibits fascinating. Given the nature of the BODY WORLDS exhibits, we advise parents, guardians, or school staff to read all the information on our website to decide whether BODY WORLDS is appropriate for the children in their care.
Plastination is a unique process that stops the decomposition of the dead body and produces solid, odourless and durable anatomical specimens for scientific and medical training. The process replaces bodily fluids and fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation. Then the bodies are shaped into lifelike poses, they are hardened with gas, heat, or light. The production of a human whole body plastinate requires approximately 1,500 working hours.
From an established body donation program through which the body donors specifically request that their bodies could be used in a public exhibition after their deaths. All the whole-body plastinates and the majority of the specimens are from these body donors. Only some organs and specific specimens come from old anatomical collections and morphological institutes.
As agreed upon by the body donors, their identities and causes of death are not disclosed. The exhibition focuses on the nature of our bodies, not on telling personal information.
The poses of the plastinates have been carefully thought out and serve educational aims. Each plastinate is posed to illustrate different anatomical features. For instance, the athletic poses illustrate the use of muscle systems while playing sports.
BODY WORLDS. THE RHYTHM OF LIFE
THE HUMAN BODY AS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
From November 4, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of the plastination technique, and curator Dr. Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer, will present in Milan Central Station the most successful anatomy exhibition in the world – “BODY WORLDS: The Rhythm of Life”.