The Human Bodies Exhibition stays in Barcelona permanently

The Human Bodies Exhibition stays in Barcelona permanently

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• Factors such as the good reception or prevision of future visitors have been decisive to choose the city.

• The exhibition has become one of the most visited ones in Cataluña with more than 100.000 visitors in the cultural space of the Arenas de Barcelona Shopping Centre.

• In the coming months, numerous pieces plastinated by Catalan universities will be added to the more than 12 bodies and 150 real human organs included in the exhibition.


Barcelona, June 26 2019. – After passing through Italy, Mexico and Estonia, among other countries, the exhibition “Human Bodies. Anatomy of life” chooses the city of Barcelona to settle permanently. Musealia, the company that created the exhibition, has decided to stay in Barcelona after a period of evaluation in which factors such as the number of visitors since its inauguration, the reception among the educational centers or forecasts for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“The city has understood and accepted Human Bodies. Proof of this are the forecasts of the next year where more than 100,000 adults and 50,000 students of all ages will visit the exhibition together with their schools” explains Luis Ferreiro, director of Musealia.

Human Bodies has 12 complete bodies and more than 150 organs that show us how the human body works: what makes it move, think, how life originates or how bad habits such as smoking, lack of exercise, or drug use affect negatively on it. “The social formation is very important within the exhibition” says Dr. Rafael Latorre, scientific director of Human Bodies, president of the International Plastination Society and professor at the University of Murcia, scientific and medical advisor of the sample.

This sample, unique in Spain, is possible thanks to plastination, an advanced medical technique that allows preserving and exposing the organs without losing their original appearance. “It is a process that takes several weeks or months, where the liquids and part of the adipose tissue of the organs are replaced slowly by a polymer, in conditions of vacuum and freezing” explains Latorre.

To continue its formative work and in order to bring the pioneering work of the Medical Faculties of Catalonia closer to the public, the exhibition created by Musealia will soon incorporate new pieces never exposed to the public until that will extend the current 1,000 m2.

“Visiting Human Bodies is a unique opportunity to get to know what is really hidden under the skin. Something fascinating that, usually, we can not see with our eyes; an experience that was reserved for medical professionals and is now available to everyone, regardless of their education or age” says Ferreiro.

Likewise, as creators of the exhibition, Musealia has reached an agreement with the University of Murcia according to which these pieces will be donated to the university so that, once its exhibition use is completed, they can continue helping the training of the new generations of professionals of medicine.

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