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Guide to Collections Relating to the History of Artificial Internal Organs


Deutsches Hygiene-Museum


Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden, Germany


+49 351 48 46 0

Fax Number

+49 351 48 46 599


Contact Person

Klaus Vogel, Museum Director


Access and Services

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Wednesday 9 am - 8.30 pm Saturday, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm Monday closed


This museum about health and hygiene was founded in 1912. Its collection of objects related to various aspects of individual and public health care. The collection comprises about 12,000 objects, with supporting library and archive departments. The museum mounts permanent and travelling exhibits, as well as organizes and participates in congresses, education programs and courses concerning several topics. Current research is being done in medical history, prevention of diseases, health care, body culture and history, and ecology.



Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Collections, predominantly 20th century

Collection ID


Approximately 12,000 objects.

Biographical Note

The museum opened in 1930 with 10.000m2 of exhibition space, making it one of the largest and most modern museums of the time. By 1937, the Museum presented over 1200 European-wide exhibitions visited by over 30 million people. The centerpiece of the museum has always been mankind, the human body, man's social and cultural surroundings and his relationship to the environment. The main attraction is the "Transparent Man", first shown in 1930. Educational material about human anatomy, health and hygiene was produced by the museum. In the 1950s, the "Transparent Horse" and the "Transparent Cow" were presented. In 1996, the German Hygiene Museum co-designed the theme park "Man - Nature - Technology" for the World Exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hanover.

Collection Description

The collection includes wax models (Moulagen), wet specimens.

Finding Aid

Collections database available onsite.



Related Material

Various museum publications.