What does the PLASTINARIUM show? ...

As well as an insight into the BODY WORLDS, the PLASTINARIUM also shows the hands-on production of anatomical specimens. The visitor can experience the plastination process live and go on a fascinating journey of discovery under the skin of humans and animals.


Why is the exhibition also suitable for a lay audience? ...

People are more likely to be willing to live healthily if they understand how their body works and what harms them. The PLASTINARIUM aims to encourage visitors to develop more interest in medical and related sciences. Knowledge of the nature and function of the human body should be available to a broad public.


Are animals also on display in the PLASTINARIUM? ...

You will also see some animal plastinates in the PLASTINARIUM. The visitor will gain some insights into the "KÖRPERWELTEN der Tiere" exhibition, internationally known as ANIMAL INSIDE OUT.


Is photography allowed in the exhibition? ...

Visitors are allowed to take some souvenir photos for private and non-commercial purposes only. However, photo and film recordings of employees are not allowed. We ask that the human exhibits are treated with respect. For editorial photos and video recordings, written permission is required. This can be requested in the PLASTINARIUM at the ticket desk or from our press department. Press.

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Is there a tour? ...

A personal guided tour of the PLASTINARIUM takes about 2 hours and can be booked for the languages German, English or Polish.

You will find more information under: Groups and Guided Tours


Are dogs allowed in the PLASTINARIUM? ...

Small dogs may be taken into the exhibition if they are carried throughout the entire exhibition visit. For larger dogs, two kennels are available.


Are there parking spaces for motor homes? ...

In the last row of the large visitor parking lot there are parking spaces for mobile homes. The maximum parking time is 2 nights.


Is drawing and painting allowed in the exhibition? ...

Artists are given the opportunity to create drawings, sketches and other images in the PLASTINARIUM after concluding a corresponding agreement. The works created are exclusively for private use.


How can I become a body donor myself? ...

The Heidelberg Institute for Plastination runs its own body donation programme for this purpose. All body donors receive extensive information before making their provision. A specially published brochure for this purpose provides information on the plastination procedure, about the institute itself, about how to become a body donor, what happens to the body at the institute after death and what the plastinates are used for.

More information available under: Body Donation


Is the exhibition suitable for children? ...

There is no age limit on visits to the exhibition by children and young people accompanied by legal guardians or persons authorised to supervise them. Parents and teachers should decide for themselves whether the children and adolescents in their care are sufficiently prepared to attend the PLASTINARIUM.

You will find more information under: Teachers and parents


Where do the displayed plastinates shown come from? Is there any information on identity? ...

All bodies and the majority of specimens come from body donors of the IfP body donation programme. Individual organs, foetuses and special preparations representing unusual changes come from old anatomical collections or from morphological institutes. As agreed with the body donors, no information is given on their identity and the causes of death. The exhibitions focus on the bodies themselves, not the associated personal information.


How long can I expect a visit to the exhibition to take? ...

You can remain in the exhibition for as long as you like within the opening hours. We recommend that you schedule in about two hours for your visit. The length of time you will need depends on how long you want to look at each plastinate and whether you want to read all available information. Experience has shown that a guided tour extends the time spent in the exhibition. Once you leave the exhibition, re-entry is not possible.