BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness

Discover what lies beneath the skin.

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Dewey Gottwald Center
Additional Ticket Required
8 and up
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Experience the North American Museum Debut!

Happiness has an impact on our mind and body, influencing our movements, perceptions, sensations, mood and more. Through hundreds of human specimens called plastinates, explore how anatomy is involved in happiness and how positive or negative emotions can affect health.

Discover the complexity, resiliency and vulnerability of what lies beneath the skin. Gain a new understanding of the human body and an appreciation for how hard it works to execute all its functions.

Textbooks, photos and charts in doctor’s offices cannot compare to getting an up-close, three-dimensional view of the inner workings of complex biological systems. The specimens are stunning: dramatic and beautiful at the same time. This is an unforgettable experience, one that is sure to spark curiosity and generate discussion for all who see it.

BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness was created by Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & Institute for Plastination based in Germany. They believe when people understand how the body works and how to make choices that have a positive impact on bodies, all who see a BODY WORLDS exhibition will be more likely to choose a healthy lifestyle.

BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness is on display through September 2.


BODY WORLDS is available through a combination ticket that includes access to the Science Museum’s regular exhibitions, labs and demos. Admission is $22.50 for adults; $19.50 for youth (ages 6-12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3-5).

On a $10 day, admission to BODY WORLDS is $15 for all guests regardless of ticket category. Guests may purchase tickets on the Science Museum’s website or in person at Guest Services when they arrive.

Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and through the Museums for All program. Tickets purchased under these discounts must be purchased in person at Guest Services.

PLEASE NOTE: When pre-purchasing BODY WORLDS tickets through the website, be sure to add regular Science Museum admission to your cart first, then select the add-on ticket for BODY WORLDS. If you try to add just a BODY WORLDS ticket, you will get an error message.


Science Museum members receive unlimited free admission to the Science Museum and the BODY WORLDS touring exhibition. Not a member? Join today!

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