No other museum in Berlin’s recent history has fascinated and caused as much debate as the Menschen Museum (MeMu), the first museum by the creators of BODY WORLDS, Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley. Since opening in February 2015, more than 200,000 visitors have made it one of the most visited, private museums in Germany’s capital.
Situated directly at Alexanderplatz, the Menschen Museum dares to go beyond the structure of the human body – it shows what connects us, what keeps us upright, in motion, what makes us laugh and what makes us love.
It shows the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human body and describes organ functions and common diseases in an easily understood way. Plastinates in lifelike poses allow a direct connection with the viewers own body.
But the MeMu is more than just an anatomy exhibition that shows the complexity of the human body's inner structure.
A tour invites visitors to a gain a deeply touching and inspiring encounter with life, through intense awareness of one's own physical body. Visitors are invited to take stock of their lives through contemplation and mediation in a considered approach to discover what it means to be human and what makes us human.
The specimens on display were preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 at the University of Heidelberg. They stem from people who have consented to donate their bodies for the education of medical professionals and the general public after their death.
Audio guides are available in German and English and enrich the visit to a further dimension. Clear explanations, amazing facts and more information about the plastinates is accessed by individual users at thier own pace.