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German Hygiene Museum

Would you like to know yourself, your being, and your nature better? Are you interested in the origins of humanity and brain, and science in general? Coming to Dresden you should definitely visit a unique museum dedicated to human being that is known as German Hygiene Museum (German: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, DHMD). A standing exhibition exposes actual tendencies of culture, society, and science from the point of view of a human body. And be sure, your children will be enthused by it too as there is an experience-based museum for the little visitors called “Five Senses”.

German Hygiene Museum, Dresden

German Hygiene Museum, Dresden

The idea of the Museum

The museum was founded by a Dresden entrepreneur Karl Lingner at the beginning of the 20th century. An exposition complex was planned as a place for the hygiene and sanitary education propaganda. In 1930, German Hygiene Museum moved to the center of Dresden. One of the firsts and probably the best-known exhibit of it is the figure of a glass man made in a natural size. For the first time (at that moment) people could see the structure of a human body in such an understandable manner. Moreover, there is a possibility to light any viscus of the exhibit for a better visual display.

Permanent & temporary expositions

The entire exposition of the museum is divided into seven thematic areas. The first section is called “The transparent man”, which tells about the historical methods of a human body study.

DHMD - The transparent man

“The transparent man” section — DHMD

The second area, known as “Living and Dying”, is dedicated to the organism development starting from the first cell appearance until the last days of the organism.

Living and Dying - Hygiene Museum in Dresden

“Living and Dying” section — DHMD

An interrelation between nutrition and health is told in the section “Eating and Drinking”. A special attention in this department is devoted to a fast-food issue that was existing at all times. The fourth area reveals the topic “Sexuality”, where the nature of the sexual relationship, as well as its problems are considered.

Eating and Drinking - DHMD area

“Eating and Drinking” section — DHMD

To get to know more about the possibilities of a human brain you can in the area “Thinking”. A number of interactive elements of the exposition gives the visitors an opportunity to check the abilities of their memory and attention. The section “Motion” reveals the secrets of coordination of a person’s body, and the area “Beauty, skin, and hair” answers the question about the boundary between inner and outer.

Beauty, skin, and hair - DHMD section

“Beauty, skin, and hair” section — DHMD

At the present moment, there is one more permanent exhibition known as “Five Senses”, where little visitors of the museum have a possibility to check all five senses of a man, such as hearing, touching, vision, smelling, and tasting.

From time to time, different temporary exhibitions are taking place within German Hygiene Museum. Today, you can participate in an exhibition dedicated to all creatures great and small, namely the pets, under the name of “Pet Friends Forever”. Here you will learn the nuances of domestication of animals, the ties that bound people and animals, and many more. Be sure, after this exhibition you will start to understand your pet better.

The exposition will be available until the 1st of July, 2018.

Pet Friends Forever - DHMD exhibition

“Pet Friends Forever” exhibition — DHMD

Opening hours & ticket charges

German Hygiene Museum is working every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Be attentive, the last admission of visitors is at 5:30 p.m.

The museum is closed January 1, and December 24 and 25.

The prices for tickets are the following:

Adults: € 9
Reduced: € 4
Family ticket: € 14
Children up to 16 years: Free admission
On Fridays, there is a special discount of 50% on admission starting from 3 p.m.

Provided facilities

The audio guides of the exhibitions are available in German, English, French, Czech, and Polish.

The public tours are held on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays at 2 p.m.

The museum is optimized for people with disabilities: visitors in wheelchairs have a barrier-free access throughout the museum. For people with hearing disabilities, the printed tours, subtitling options, as well as technical enhancement are provided. The audio tours, materials and exhibits that can be touched are provided for visitors with visual disabilities.

DHMD barrier-free access DHMD for people with hearing disabilities

German Hygiene Museum is barrier-free

Location & accommodation

German Hygiene Museum is situated on Lingnerplatz, 1. If you are looking for an accommodation not far from the museum, there is a nice hotel option at Amedia Plaza Dresden Hotel. It will take 15 minutes by foot to get to the museum from the hotel. Dorint Hotel Dresden offers spacious beautiful rooms with free Wi-Fi.

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