Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
The entire exhibition is available in German, English and Polish.
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.
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.
The PLASTINARIUM is just a 5-minute walk from the Guben train station.
The signs will guide your way.
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.
Yes, credit or debit (EC) cards are accepted.
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
No. Smoking is strictly forbidden on the whole premises.
Upon previous approval, artists are given the opportunity to create drawings and sketches in PLASTINARIUM for private use.
Small dogs may be taken into the exhibition, provided they can be carried throughout the visit.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or register at the ticket office.
At least one employee, who is happy to answer your questions, is always on duty at the plastination workshop.
We recommend that you plan about 2 hours for a visit in PLASTINARIUM.
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 may vary on public holidays. Updated information is available here.
Friday to Sunday, from 10.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (last entry: 4:00 p.m.)
Our guided tours can be booked in German, English and Polish.
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).
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.
No. Guided tours must be registered previously via e-mail : email@example.com or telephone: (+49) 3561-5474-382.
GROUPS AND SCHOOL GROUPS
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.
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).
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.
Yes. We kindly ask you to register groups of more than 10 participants in advance via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: (+49) 3561-5474-382.
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: email@example.com
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
PLASTINARIUM, the public exhibition gallery of “Gubener Plastinate GmbH”, offers employment opportunities in many different professions.
Our current vacancies are listed here.