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The Corpus Museum is a human biology interactive museum, located near Oegstgeest in the Netherlands. The museum provides both entertainment and education through a combination of variable and permanent collections. It is considered a journey through the human body. It is the first museum in the whole world of this kind. Definitely, you have many things to do at this museum!
First things to do at CORPUS is starting with the skin and move through each system of the body. Each room makes it looks as if you are standing in that section of the body. The body parts light up as they are discussed or video screens to show more detail. If you are visiting from outside Europe you may be surprised by their coverage of the reproductive system in detail, but it is nothing new for Dutch children.
In certain sections, you board little elevators which function to move you up through the body and show a ride type video. You enter the womb and put on 3D glasses to watch sperm race for the egg. Farther up the giant body come the intestines, where you can witness the digestion of a cheese sandwich before your eyes. After passing through the ventricles of the human heart, visitors reach the head. Here, adults can observe pulsing neurons in the brain, while children can jump atop a giant tongue as a burping sound erupts from a speaker system.
After finishing your tour, you can go to the museum's upper floor to see the features of multiple interactive activities and there is also a cafeteria. As visitors eat, you can look at the giant orange man jutting through the glass walls beside them. You can have relaxation time in a cafeteria.
How to Get Tickets?
An easier method to book the tickets is to book them online as it saves your time and easies out the process for you. It can be purchased easily in this website. You can also avail many attractive discounts and offers which you do not find while booking an offline tickets. You embark on your 'journey through the human body' in groups of up to 16 people. CORPUS works with departure times. On average, 1 group of visitors leaves every 7 to 8 minutes. When you book tickets for the 'journey through the human body', you book a specific time. It is important to arrive at least 20 minutes before your departure time. Please take this into account when planning your journey. If you do not book a ticket in advance, they may be sold out or you will have to wait for a long time until a place is available. The minimum age to visit CORPUS is 6 years. If you are visiting CORPUS 'journey through the human body' with a group of 16 people or less, you can buy tickets with an online discount. If you wish to visit CORPUS with more 16 people, you can only books tickets by phone. Call the Booking Department on 071 751 01 00. Special prices and terms apply to schools. Tickets for the day itself can only be booked by telephone (+31(0)71-7510200). The last journey through the human body depends on the season: on weekdays the last 'journey starts-except for reserved groups-at 3 pm, during the weekends and on holidays the last 'journey' starts at 5 pm.
How To Get Around?
You can take the metro to get to the main attractions of the city. You are also able to take bike on rent which are available cheaper price at multiple parking lots by the name 'EasyFeits' and 'Bizon Bikes'. Apart from that, all the nearby places can be easily explored by foot.
What Should I Wear?
This museum requires no dress code. You can wear anything as per your heart's consent. You can carry a mix of both formals and informal clothes. Do not forget to pack in comfortable footwear as you will have to walk a lot. Carry some tops, crop tops, and t-shirts with a scarf. Also, pack in ample clothes for layering if visiting in the winters.
Best Time to Visit
It is advisable to visit Leiden in the warm months starting from April. It is the best time due to the moderate climate. However, it will be a little crowded at this time.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide since every visitor gets an audio tour at the entrance that gives a text and explanation of what you see. Guided by an audio tour, available in 8 languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chines).
How To Get There?
Trains are available from Amsterdam and The Hague. They are able to take you to the main station of the Leiden city center. Leiden city center is nearby the station and can be reached within hours. However, a different route might take a little more time. You can also ride a bus 37 or 57 from Leiden Central and then stop at the station stop CORPUS.
Make a reservation at CORPUS well before you plan a visit. Without reservations, the availability of places cannot be guaranteed and/or a waiting time cannot be excluded. You must be present 20 minutes before the booked starting time. Remember that if you book one of the last departure times of the day, you will have around an one and half hour for the interactive section. You can not visit the interactive 'my CORPUS' before your 'journey through the human body'.