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“Something different, basic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden, Saxony, Germany
0351 48460
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Ranked #22 of 60 Attractions in Dresden
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Public health museum.
Adelaide, Australia
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“Something different, basic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Overall, this was a nice distraction for a couple of hours, when the usual art and history was getting too much.

The material is grouped by subject, covered room by room on a walking loop. Topics include anatomy, sexuality, perception, pathology. The structure is a bit scattered, being neither comprehensive in breadth nor uniform in depth. Someone with a good knowledge of human biology may not learn a lot new. Some of the historical perspectives are interesting.

Exhibits are made from detailed models, specimens, various devices and illustrations. Highlights are tissue specimens and models of diseased parts. The hands on components are mostly simple matching or Q&A. However, there are some that are a lot of fun, being:
- Sensor / television camera so you can get your own body heat map done
- Matching peoples voices with faces
- Balance beam challenge
- Model of body with horizontal slices

There is not much English information but the material is self explanatory or can be guessed at. The sexuality section is explicit and includes fetish, gender preference and disease. For younger children, expect a lot of questions or usher through this section (not “what is that..?”, but “Why would someone do that...?” - harder to answer)

Visited August 2012
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“highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

easily bored by many museums, but this on is a great find, particularly at the cheap entry prices. the building itself is also worth a visit

Visited August 2012
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Windsor
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“Really interesting exhibits, and interactive too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

The museum has many exhibits covering all aspects of human life, from birth to death and everything in between! The exhibits are also very interactive, which is great fun, and they go into quite some detail. I would agree, however, that many of the signs were not translated, so if you cannot read German then you might not be able to enjoy the full experience, and it goes without saying that you should have an interest in science! But even if you cannot speak German, the exhibits are very interesting to look at, and there is an audio guide available.

Visited July 2012
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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“If it's your thing...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

If you are super into medicine or public health, like my husband, then this is an interesting museum. It has all kinds of exhibits on the human body, human development, and various diseases. As a non-German-speaking American, I noticed two things. First, although not every panel was translated into English, the majority were, so it was easy to read the information an thus more fully appreciate the exhibits. Second, the European sensibility of being less prudish than Americans was in evidence, as there were exhibits that were more graphic sexually than you would see in the US (just fair warning for those who might be very modest and bringing children). It is a spacious museum, so there is a lot to see and do, but on the other hand, it isn't so big that you can't see the entire thing in just an hour or two--my favorite size in a museum. We walked there from central Dresden, and it is a good walk, but doable. You also have the option of taking public transportation, which gets you within a few blocks of the museum.

Visited July 2011
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Dresden, Germany
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“Hands on !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

A great place to visit if having to be inside. hands on for children and adults alike.

Visited February 2012
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