corpusThe CORPUS museum is not to be missed. Literally. Located in Leiden in the Netherlands, the museum is housed in a 35-meter (115 feet) tall replica of the human body visible from the highway that practically begs you to come and explore.

This interactive journey through the human body begins with a look at a wound on the leg of the gigantic corpus demonstrating how the body heals itself, and ends in the brain. But not before you take an in-depth look at the rest of the body. This 5D production allows you to see how food is digested in the intestines, smell a variety of scents through the nose and even bounce up and down on the rubber tongue.

corpus_museum2After you’ve finished exploring the inside of the body, meander your way back down the body following the lifeline, a medical information center where you can test your health and learn more about your body and the importance of nutrition and exercise.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the lifeline, not only for it’s hands-on games and exercise equipment, but also for the number of gross factoids given that only a kid can truly appreciate. For example, it takes 10 hours for a meal to make its way through the digestive track and into the toilet. Keep in mind that this is a multi-dimensional exhibition, so this little bit of trivia came complete with toilet flushing sound effects.

I’ve always been curious as to why children under 8 years old aren’t admitted to the museum, but after watching the hologram of a sperm fertilizing an egg, in 3D no less, it all became clear. If I’m hesitant about going into further sperm-egg fertilization details with my 8 year old, I definitely don’t want to do it with my 6 year old.

CORPUS is open Tues – Sun 9:30am – 7:30pm. The CORPUS journey is available in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Russian. The cost of admissions is 16.50 euros ($20) for adults, 14 euros ($17) for children and 14 euros ($17) per person for groups of 10 or more.

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