Whole body plastinate
© Gunther von Hagens' KÖRPERWELTEN, Institut für Plastination, Heidelberg, www.koerperwelten.de

Journey to the center of the human body

Since the mid-1990s Gunther von Hagens has provoked controversy all over the world with his plastinates. The German anatomist uses a specially developed procedure to preserve human tissue. The resulting plastinates allow unique insights into human anatomy. Von Hagens’ work has always polarized opinions. What is fascinating to one person may be seen by others as disturbing. No-one can remain unmoved by these extraordinary exhibits. So far 48 million people across the world have seen his Body Worlds exhibitions. This exhibition in Vienna offers a journey of self-discovery.

Focus on the heart

There is certainly plenty to explore: the human skeleton is one theme, another is the complex interaction of the muscle system, and yet another the development of the body in the womb. One thing is certain: you’ve never seen it like this. Organ functions and the development of diseases become comprehensible even for people with no medical knowledge. The central focus of “Body World - a matter of the heart” is the human heart and its intricately branching vascular system.

Developing more awareness

Around 200 exhibits altogether are on display in Studio F at the Wiener Stadthalle until the beginning of February 2020. The exhibition includes whole bodies, smaller plastinates of body parts, slices of human bodies, and exhibits of individual organs. The aim of the exhibition, curated by the physician Angelina Whalley, is to sharpen people’s awareness of their own body, particularly the heart. The approach taken by the exhibition’s creators is: if we understand the way our vital organs function, we have a better chance of understanding our own bodies and living in a more self-aware way.

Timed ticket required

To help you enjoy the exhibition to the full, you need to make a reservation for a specific time slot. This allows entry to the exhibition within the specified time window. There is no limit to the time you may spend in the exhibition.

Body Worlds – a matter of the HEART

October 4, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Daily 09:00 - 18:00
Wiener Stadthalle/Studio F

Vienna Stadthalle

Roland-Rainer-Platz 1, 1150 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Sorbaitgasse and in the main car park of the Stadthalle
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special wheelchair seats in halls D and F. Inductive hearing system in Hall F.

    • Comments

      Halls D and F are wheelchair-accessible.

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