1. Body Worlds 'Plastinarium' Exhibit To Open

    By Devin Zydel on 2006-11-12

    It was revealed earlier on CBn that the Casino Royale crew was working with others from Dr. Gunther von Hagens Body Worlds, an anatomical exhibition of real human bodies. Details have now been released about the public opening of the exhibit…

    The PLASTINARIUM in Guben

    Behind the scenes of BODY WORLDS

    Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS (KORPERWELTEN) exhibitions have fascinated more than 20 million visitors worldwide. Now, for the first time Gunther von Hagens will give the general public a look into the laboratories of his new center of activities in Guben – the PLASTINARIUM. The PLASTINARIUM will be the only institute worldwide that will allow the public to watch the preparation of permanently preserved, anatomical human and animal specimens. While touring the 2500 sqm of the renovated site of the former Guben cloth factory, visitors will gain comprehensive insights into Plastination processes and techniques. The process includes the anatomical preparation of bodies with the subsequent conservation via Plastination, skeletal assembly, and vascular casting. Teaching specimens and anatomical full body plastinates to train physicians and non-experts are prepared with state-of-the-art technology.

    A brief outline of the history of anatomy and the development of Plastination at the beginning of the tour and a display of selected teaching specimens right next to the demonstration labs round off the exciting and instructive tour. Visitors will be able to see bone preparations, vascular casts, body slices, individual organ plastinates as well as whole-body plastinates. Some of the earliest and historical plastinates will be on display as well as some of the newest whole-body plastinates, showing the developments in the technology. Highlight of the showroom is the area of the BODY WORLDS exhibition where the decisive scene of the current James Bond film Casino Royale was shot. Gunther von Hagens: “The PLASTINARIUM is the anatomical cabinet of modern time. It is the culmination of a long European scientific and democratic tradition: In 1543 the surgeon Andreas Vesal established modern anatomy. He published authentic anatomical drawings in his anatomical atlas and staged public dissection, thus popularizing anatomy. In the same year the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published an essay on cosmology where he proved that the earth orbited around the sun and not the other way round. Since then the planetarium has been revealing insights about the creation and structure of cosmic worlds. The PLASTINARIUM in Guben, in turn, reveals insights about the creation and structure of both the body and BODY WORLDS.”

    Opening times:
    For the time being the PLASTINARIUM will be open from November 17 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm (last admission). Groups can book a specific date and time outside regular opening times. Additional opening times will be announced on this website.

    PLASTINARIUM – Gubener Plastinate GmbH – Uferstraße – 03172 Guben, Brandenburg, Germany
    Phone: 03561-5 4748 60, Fax: 03561-5 47 48 61

    Press office Institute für Plastination
    Email: hd.pressoffice(at)

    Press Release

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