Already since the 1930s, one of the most famous exhibits of the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden is the so-called "Gläserne Frau" (Transparent Woman). The current museum building was planned until 1930 by architect Wilhelm Kreis. Between 2001 and 2005, the restoration and partial reconstruction of the building followed under the aegis of the architect Peter Kulka from Dresden.
The institution was founded by Karl August Lingner, a Dresden industrialist, in 1912. The manufacturer of Odol mouthwash thus laid the foundation of an "institution of national education for hygiene and health care" which has contributed ever since to the hygiene education for children and adults by means of many exhibitions and initiatives. Even today, the Hygiene-Museum Dresden conveys knowledge of human anatomy and psyche, but is also a vital cultural centre in Dresden with its innovative temporary exhibitions and numerous events.
The institution has set itself to impart sientific issues concerning the "adventure human being" in a vivid and entertaining way. The exhibitions especially provide for children a sensate experience in regard to the issues sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch with its large exhibits and hands-on stations.
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