Located in the heart of the city, this exhibit is not only about the human body, but also about the human spirit
Music makes everyone happy. — Photo courtesy of Body Worlds
There are so many things to see during a visit to Amsterdam that choosing the attractions that suit you best can be a daunting task. Of course, there are museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum that should not be missing from the list to visit. But there is so much more to Amsterdam! There are many things to see, especially in the city center of Amsterdam. Body Worlds: The Happiness Project is one of the newest additions to Amsterdam’s long list of attractions.
Body Worlds opened a permanent exhibition at Damrak 66 in Amsterdam. “Body Worlds: The Happiness Project” in Amsterdam tells the amazing story of our body and the impact of the emotional phenomenon of “happiness” on our health. More than 200 anatomical models of the real human body reveal the complexity, durability and sensitivity of the body. It’s an inspiring, interactive exhibit that shows how happiness affects both the body and the soul.
“The Happiness Project” is located in a historic building in the center of Amsterdam. The building that housed the American Express offices was completely restored to accommodate the exhibition. You start your visit by taking the elevator to the 6th floor. Then, as the exhibition is divided over all six floors of the building, you descend the stairs through each successive level of the exhibition.
Also known as German Körperwelten, this is the only exhibit on human anatomy that uses a donor program. After the success of the traveling Body Worlds exhibitions in Rotterdam (2010/2011) and Amsterdam (2012), creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens decided to open this permanent exhibition in the center of Amsterdam.
Modern Life Anatomy Lesson – Photo courtesy of Body Worlds
The exhibition is an impressive new attraction in Amsterdam. It is interesting to visit with children or as a couple. The uniqueness of “Body Worlds: The Happiness Project” also makes it interesting for educational purposes. Where in the world can you see the human body from the inside?
The 200 bodies in this exhibition are formed in positions where living people interact with each other. It is quite impressive to see how the human body moves and uses the muscles. But this is more than a science fair. “The Happiness Project” tells the story of happiness in relation to body and soul.
The “Happiness Project” is open every day. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
21 September 2013, 19 March 2014 – Sunday-Wednesday 9:00am-6:00pm and Thursday-Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm
From 20 March 2014 to 20 September 2014 – Sunday – Wednesday 9:00 – 19:00 and Thursday – Saturday 9:00 – 21:00