THE BODY COLLECTED

THE RAW MATERIAL of MEDICAL SCIENCE from CADAVER to DNA

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 4pm.

The human body has been collected for medical research and teaching during the last few centuries, and body parts have been prepared, preserved and conserved.
The exhibition ‘The Body Collected’ presents for the first time a large selection of historical collections of human remains from the 18th century to now. The oldest specimens come from research collections of fetuses, skeletons, bones, organs, and histological samples. The latest arrival are biopsies, cells, and DNA, as preserved in biobank freezers. The collections have switched focus as our understanding of health and disease improved, and as a consequence of technological advances. The exhibition showcases the history of how medicine examines the body.
First, the whole body is shown. Then organs, tissues, cells, and finally molecules. Although modern biomedicine operates at microscopical and molecular levels, it is still access to human material that is the foundation of new knowledge.

You can read more about ideas in these articles by associate professor, Karin Tybjerg: Medicine as a Collection Science and Scale in Medicine as an Exhibition Principle
The organic specimens exhibited in ‘The Body Collected’ are very light-sensitive. To ensure that they are not damaged by light, it is necessary to keep lights dimmed. The exhibition lighting has been designed by light experts, conservators, and architects in collaboration in order to find methods and colours that keep the specimens safe while still allowing visitors to see them. The fonts have been specifically chosen as they are easily read in dim light.
Everyone is welcome in Medical Museion’s exhitions, including children. It is, however, important to note that human bodies and body parts are exhibited. Some of the specimens are graphic and caution is advised. We recommend that children visit the exhibition only in the company of adults.
The exhibition is made possible through a collaboration between curators, scientists, and many others. A full list (in Danish) is available here.
Read and purchase the catalogue here.
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