On Thursday June 19th, BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project proudly welcomed its 100,000th visitor. Amsterdam-native and Vrije Universiteit medical student Veerle Smit was the visitor who marked this special milestone when she came with a friend and bought a ticket on the spur of the moment. Her lucky timing earned her a Total Body Scan from Prescan valued at €1590. In perfect keeping with the exhibition, the Body Scan will give Veerle a chance to look inside her own body. In addition, she and her friend Alex Fletcher received a yearly pass granting them unlimited access to BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project and a Wellness Day for two at spa center Wellnessresort de Zwaluwhoeve in the Dutch Veluwe region.
‘As a medical student, I’m definitely familiar with the amazing, innovative work of anatomist Gunther von Hagens, and have wanted to see The Happiness Project since its opening in Amsterdam. But I never expected to be so lucky…we’re both delighted!’ says Veerle Smit.
Peter Tabernal adds: ‘The fact that we’ve managed to attract 100,000 visitors in just a few months emphasizes the merit and appeal of this permanent exhibition. Being healthy is important to many people and seeing real human bodies makes visitors more aware of their own bodies, the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and the fact that happiness can prolong your life expectancy. It’s also a fun day out that focuses on happiness.’