FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

EXHIBITION

May I donate my body?

Yes. The Heidelberg Institute for Plastination runs its own body donation programme for which around 20,000 body donors from all across the globe have registered.
Are you already an organ donor? It does not matter. You can be both an organ and a body donor.
Further information regarding body donations can be found here.

Where do the specimens originate from?

All anatomical specimens showcased in PLASTINARIUM are authentic. They are from people who, during their lifetimes, decreed that their bodies be made available after their demise for the education of doctors and enlightenment of the general public.

What is plastination?

Plastination is a preservation method that makes human tissue permanently durable. This procedure produces long-term durable anatomical specimens for educational purposes. The inventor of this method is our company founder, the physician and scientist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens.
More about the plastination process can be found here.

What is the minimum age to visit the PLASTINARIUM?

There are no age restrictions for visiting the PLASTINARIUM. Parents should decide on their own whether their children / teenagers are sufficiently prepared to visit the exhibition.
Children under 14 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

In which languages is the exhibition in PLASTINARIUM available?

The entire exhibition is available in German, English and Polish.

What can be seen at the PLASTINARIUM?

The PLASTINARIUM not only showcases insights into the BODY WORLDS but also serves as a site for the production of anatomical specimens. The goal of the PLASTINARIUM is to educate about anatomy and how to maintain a healthy body with its many different systems.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

By car/camper van

Visitors arriving by car or mobile home/camper van may use the large parking lot.
Camper vans may use the parking lot for up to 2 days.

Our address is Uferstraße 26 in 03172 Guben.

By train

The PLASTINARIUM is just a 5-minute walk from the Guben train station.
The signs will guide your way.

TICKETS

Vouchers

Ticket vouchers can be purchased at the ticket office during regular opening hours, from Friday to Sunday.
Online vouchers may be purchased via the following link (shipping fees apply): https://plastinarium.reservix.de/events.

May I pay by card?

Yes, credit or debit (EC) cards are accepted.

Do I have to make a reservation?

No. Our exhibition area comprises around 3,000 sq. metres, thus offering all guests enough space at all times.
Groups of more than 10 participants are kindly requested to register in advance.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

May I smoke?

No. Smoking is strictly forbidden on the whole premises.

Is it allowed to draw in the exhibition area?

Upon previous approval, artists are given the opportunity to create drawings and sketches in PLASTINARIUM for private use.

May I take my dog with me?

Small dogs may be taken into the exhibition, provided they can be carried throughout the visit.

May I eat and drink in the exhibition area?

We kindly ask you to refrain from eating and drinking in the exhibition area.
Snack and drink vending machines are available on the upper floor of the gallery.

May I take pictures?

Yes, taking pictures is permitted, yet only for private and non-commercial purposes.
Out of respect for the privacy of our staff, taking photos and filming in the work areas is not permitted.
For editorial recordings, please send an e-mail in advance to info@plastinarium.de or register at the ticket office.

May I talk to the staff?

At least one employee, who is happy to answer your questions, is always on duty at the plastination workshop.

How long does it take to see the exhibition?

We recommend that you plan about 2 hours for a visit in PLASTINARIUM.

Opening hours for groups and guided tours

Groups of 10 or more may visit PLASTINARIUM during regular opening hours, from Friday to Sunday. Groups of 20 or more may visit PLASTINARIUM outside opening hours, from Monday to Thursday.Prior arrangement is requested in both cases. Further details can be found here.

Opening hours on public holidays

Opening hours may vary on public holidays. Updated information is available here.

Regular opening hours

Friday to Sunday, from 10.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (last entry: 4:00 p.m.)

GUIDED TOURS

In which languages are the guided tours offered?

Our guided tours can be booked in German, English and Polish.

How much does a guided tour cost?

For a group of 10 people or more, participants pay a reduced entrance fee of €10 per person and a price per guided tour of €90.
A guided tour for groups of less than 10 participants costs 190 € (including the entrance fee).

What is the minimum number of participants for a guided tour?

We offer guided tours for groups of 10 or more during regular opening hours, from Friday to Sunday.
Groups of 20 or more may visit PLASTINARIUM outside opening hours, from Monday to Thursday.
For further details please see here.

May I book a guided tour on site?

No. Guided tours must be registered previously via e-mail : info@plastinarium.de or telephone: (+49) 3561-5474-382.

GROUPS AND SCHOOL GROUPS

Are there any supporting teaching materials for schoolchildren?

Teachers and trainee teachers can download accompanying materials for use in the classroom and visiting the exhibition in PLASTINARIUM here.
Our free online workshops for students offer optimal preparation for a visit to PLASTINARIUM and all BODY WORLDS exhibitions. These 20-minute workshops are designed for schoolchildren and students between 13 and 19 years of age and can be booked with the registration for a group visit.
Please ask our staff for more details when you pre-register.

How can teachers prepare for visiting the exhibition?

Prior to visiting the exhibition with their students, teachers and trainee teachers can visit PLASTINARIUM free of charge. Free admission is granted upon submitting valid proof at the ticket office (written confirmation from the school is sufficient).

Are there guided tours for schools?

Yes, we recommend a 1.5-hour guided tour for groups.
Schoolchildren can deepen and consolidate their knowledge after the tour through short films, books and PCs presenting materials in German, English or Polish.

Do groups/school groups have to be registered?

Yes. We kindly ask you to register groups of more than 10 participants in advance via e-mail: info@plastinarium.de or telephone: (+49) 3561-5474-382.

OTHER INFORMATION

Are there courses teaching the preservation process?

Various theoretical and practical courses as well as workshops are held in the lecture and preparation rooms of PLASTINARIUM every year.
For more details please contact: contact@guben.plastination.com

For whom are the specimens produced?

While a small number of the specimens are produced for the BODY WORLDS exhibitions worldwide, the majority of them are produced as educational specimens for the training and further education of medical professionals at universities and colleges.
Qualified users can find further information on the specimens produced in PLASTINARIUM at www.vonhagens.plastination.com

May I work in PLASTINARIUM?

PLASTINARIUM, the public exhibition gallery of “Gubener Plastinate GmbH”, offers employment opportunities in many different professions.
Our current vacancies are listed here.