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Lunar landing in Vienna

Lunar landing in Vienna

The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) gained a moon rock. On 18 June, NASA Chief Charles Boldin presented the museum a lunar rock, weighing 84 grams, and two samples of space soil. They were collected during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and are considered “space treasure”. Natural History Museum director Christian Köberl stated that, “Stones […]

Körperwelten: Body Worlds Reaches Out

Körperwelten: Body Worlds Reaches Out

“One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead.”  – Benjamin Franklin I first saw one of Gunther von Hagens’ Körperwelten (Body Worlds) exhibitions more than ten years ago. The figure I remember most was controversial: a cross-sectional cut of a woman bearing an almost finished pregnancy. It was […]

Körperwelten at the NHM

Among the new developments at Vienna’s Natural History Museum, a new exhibition Body Worlds & the Cycle of Life opened on 13 March. A radical advancement on Gunther von Hagens’ previous shows, this exhibition focuses on what makes up the human body, and the changes it undergoes in stylised action and sport, disease, or various […]

Natural History Museum Opens Pre-human Hall

The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) opened updated anthropology halls entitled Becoming Human(s) on 29 January, after 15 years of being closed. Leading with the introduction of Lucy and Kupan, two life-size wax figures of australopithecines (a new pre-homo species, discovered in South Africa), the focus of the exhibit is on modern man and his […]

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