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“Expensive, but enjoyable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Body Worlds

Body Worlds
Damrak 66, 1012 LM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 900 8411
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Ranked #24 of 264 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project in Amsterdam marks an entirely new chapter in the already impressive range of BODY WORLDS exhibitions. Recipe for happiness The exhibition tells the amazing story of our bodies and the influence that the emotional phenomenon of 'happiness' has on our health. Over 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies reveal the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the body. BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project is a specially-developed interactive exhibition examining what happiness is, the science behind it, and its effects on both body and mind. Take a fascinating journey through the human body.
Chester, United Kingdom
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“Expensive, but enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I missed the touring exhibition so was delighted to find a permanent exhibit in Amsterdam. The exhibition is informative, but rather basic and somewhat preachy - anyone with any knowledge of anatomy or physiology and a reasonable interest in health and fitness won't find much new here. However the opportunity to see the layers of the human body peeled back, and marvel at the hugely complex construction of our body, is not to be missed. Take your time.

Visited March 2014
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“Happiness....not really”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

An exhibition using bodies and body parts plastinated by Gunter Von Hagens. Hard to believe that these are real human bodies, but that is exactly what they are. Whole bodies plastinated and formed in various positions to explain how happiness affects the body and mind.
It's graphic but the bodies donated by unfortunate individuals do not look as real as I expected. The exhibition is interesting and probably worth seeing once.

Visited March 2014
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“Super exhibition!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Totally amazing exhibition! Wonderfull to have this as a permanent attraction in Amsterdam. It is truly amazing to see what is underneath the skin, it was an eye opener. The staff was really helpful and the location is so easy to find. We were visiting for about two hours and we took an audio guide with us. The audio guide was helpful. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures, otherwise we would have taken so many. Tickets might be a bit expensive but it is totally worth it!

Visited March 2014
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“Exceptional and Unforgettable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Absolutely a must see attraction for everyone visiting Amsterdam. The human body stripped back in an informative and sensitive manner. Over 200 human exhibits displaying the intricacies from full body models to individual organs. Explanations clearly displayed in Dutch and English. Many families visiting and children looked as fascinated as the adults. All based on the premis that being happy encourages good health, thus it being called "The Happiness Project". Was deeply impressed by this exhibition and seeing the affects that poor health can have on your body was a real eye opener. Am a fairly squemish individual and would avoid watching surgery etc on tv, but this exhibition had no such affect and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wonders just what makes us tick and how our attitude to life can affect our health. Absolutely fascinating and beautifully laid out.

Visited February 2014
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

While visiting Amsterdam we noticed this exhibition was on and my friend had visited the exhibition when in Manchester which she said is a must.
We visited the exhibition and it truly is fascinating and informative, it really shows how the body works and some of the things that we don't get too see but I suppose some people like me have a curiosity about with regards to the results of a stoke on the Brain, smoking on the lungs, tumours in the body etc.
To see the body literally stripped down to show all of the major nerves etc is unbelievable and gives you a new appreciation for how delicate and fragile the body is something we all forget from time to time.
There are embryos/babies featured in the exhibition and I appreciate that for some people this may be upsetting so a warning really for people going to the exhibition.
Not an exhibit for everyone but for those who have a curiosity for the human body it is a must.

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