Deutsches Hygiene Museum

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Lingnerplatz 1, Dresden, Germany - 0351 4846 400

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german_eagle german_e…
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A fascinating, unique museum May 19, 2017
This museum celebrated 100th anniversary in 2012. It goes back on a foundation by Karl August Lingner, an entrepreneur who made lots of money creating and selling the famous Odol mouthwash (Yep, created in Dresden!) and other stuff. He also initiated the 1st International Hygiene Exhibit in Dresden in 1911 which was a huge success with over 5 Million visitors. Like the exhibit the museum is not only focused on hygiene but also conveys knowledge about anatomy of the human being, health, nutrition, all aspects of human life in general.

On occasion of the 2nd International Hygiene Exhibit in Dresden the museum moved into the new building, designed by Wilhelm Kreis in Bauhaus style. Severely damaged in the bombing in WWII, it was reconstructed and is well worth seeing for its architecture alone. But of course you should go there to see the the exhibits in the first place.

Highlights are IMO the (historic) glass models of human being and animals (cow!) and the special exhibits. Other parts of the permanent exhibit are titled "From birth to death", "Eating and Drinking", "Sex", "Moving" e.g. Everything is highly interesting and pretty easy understandable.

The Hygiene museum also has a special Kids Museum, interactive, for children from about 4 to 12 years.

Opening hours: Tue - Sun (and holidays) 10-18 h

Admission fee: 7 Euro (50% discount on Fri after 3 pm)

Kids up to 16 years free
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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
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A Museum on Anatomy Sep 12, 2009
I may be alone on this, but on seeing a clean bright white building hosting a "Hygiene Museum" founded by a mouth-wash magnate, I expected the displays inside to sort of revove around the theme of hygiene. It was somewhat dissapointing not to be regaled with a history of mouth-wash and dental care in Germany, but as a museum of anatomy this was actually quite good.

The museum was full of stripped down models of the human body, in the "exposed muscle" variety. Naturally the most interesting part was on STDs and human sexuality, the medical display models of severe STDs were disgustingly lifelike and the lack of English signs on the odd displays on sexuality allowed our imaginations to run wild. One interesting wall held many quotes by Germans to describe their first sexual experience. Not speaking German I can't make any generalisations but "unromantisch" appeared commonly. The best response we could understand was "genial".

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