Corporea: the Interactive Museum of the Human Body

Published in Focus
02 March 2017

The first interactive museum dedicated to the human body: 5,000 square meters and over 100 exhibits for a journey into the human body in three languages: Italian, English and Chinese

The flames that, four years ago, destroyed Città della Scienza in Naples are still vividly impressed in the minds of many, and already a new creation is being opened in Naples.

Corporea opens March 4th in Città della Scienza, Europe's first interactive museum dedicated to the human body, to prevention and health.

Over 5000 square meters on three levels, 13 theme islands, about 100 exhibits, exhibitions, and interactive stations, to offer visitors one of the most fascinating journeys that man has ever wanted travel: the one inside himself. A unique experience that can be enjoyed in three languages: Italian, English and Chinese.

A non-museum in what the 250,000 expected visitors will find a place where it is forbidden not to touch, interact and above all, play.

At Corporea the recipe is clear: only by interacting with experiments and with the body parts will you have fun and learn. But Corporea is also a fantastic journey through time, which links past and future with a single string. Alongside interactive exhibits there will also be two other major innovations: on one hand the extraordinary archaeological and historical artifacts from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the main museums of Campania and, on the other, the new frontier of manufacturing 4.0 thanks to which, with a 3D printer, you will be able to print anatomical files and admire the new achievements of biomedical technology through implants, neonatal incubators and other medical objects entirely printed in 3d .

Thanks to astonishing, enthralling videos, virtual technology, games, multimedia, workshops and direct experiments, visitors will pass through the human body in all its complexity, losing themselves in cavities, reemerging on surfaces, and “flowing” through circulatory and biliary ducts. A fun and learning experience, suitable for all ages.

Between exhibition stands, there are many other multifunctional areas dedicated to dialogue, play, and  meeting, but also innovative open lab, where experts and researchers reveal to the public the secrets of the human body with fun interactive demonstrations.

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What will visitors find at Corporea?

Corporea is organized into 13 fun and fascinating thematic islands.

1. Words, pages, gigabytes. The era of communication. The incredible evolution of global which allows an ever changing and unique level of depth.

2. And yet it moves! The musculo-skeletal system. This is where the journey begins, to discover all the muscles and bones involved in our movements.

3. 37 °C and around. The thermodynamic balance of the body. The real engine of the human body, where you can find out how the regulation of the body temperature works, understand the relationship between heart rate and blood pressure, and check which are the hot and the cold parts of your body.

4. A 100,000-km journey. The cardiovascular system. A 4d fast flowing trip along the human artery, to observe what happens in blood at a microscopic level or analyze the system of arteries and veins of the human hand finding that it is unique to each individual.

5. Mouth watering. The digestive system. Here you can follow the path of food through your body and listen to the different sounds produced by digestion, to find out how our body ensures us energy, by filtering what is necessary, and disposing of what is superfluous.

6. Hormones on stage. The endocrine system. The heart of moods, desires and fears. Felix, a fascinating interactive robot that mimics the facial expressions of the visitor, taking us to the discovery of how the people around us are able to influence our moods.

7. The factory of life. Cells and DNA. The great human body “database”. Here you receive genetic information, there is a mechanical reproduction of the structure of DNA and you can selected interesting informations about your inheritance features.

8. Who’s there? The immune system. Through multiplayer video games, it engages in a battle to fight pathogens and germs, and you can also virtually explore the inside of a nose ...

9. See how I feel! The sense organs. A tunnel with rotating walls and light and image effects plays tricks on our sense of balance. You can also lie down on a “comfortable” bed of nails and find out how pain works, or see your hair literally “stand on you head” as a result of tension passing through your body.

10. The Love Machine. Sexuality, reproduction, birth. An off-limits area (no children under 11 or people over 16 ), dedicated only to teenagers to talk about safe sex and Kama Sutra, but also about hormones and body changes during puberty.

11. Control, projects, freedom. The brain and the nervous system. Through two large 3D models of the brain, visitors will discover its functioning, learning about the automatic and semi-automatic decision processes.

12. Doctors and patients. The endless history of medicine. A journey through the history of medicine and its evolution over time, including achievements and challenges that still remain.

13. Robots, 3D printing, genetic engineering. Robotics and 3D printing supporting biomedical and scientific research to continuously improve the quality of human life.


In addition, between the various islands, fascinating historical and archaeological finds from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and from other museums of Campania will be displayed, to discover the human body in its evolution.


Monday through Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sundays and holidays, 10am-5pm

Città della Scienza. Via Coroglio, 57/104, Naples. T: 0817352258 www.cittadellascienza.it  

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