Body Worlds, The Original Exhibition

Currently at the Science Museum of Virginia is the exhibit: Body Worlds. This exhibition by Gunther von Hagens‘ has over 200 human specimens including entire bodies, organs, and human systems. Von Hagens’ first Body Worlds exhibit was in 1995  in Japan and was met with much controversy, but now over 15 years later over 34 million people all over the world have come to see these bodies and organs on display.

“The Exhibit features twelve actual human bodies that have been preserved through the process of Plastination, guests are able to learn about human anatomy, physiology and health. Through this exhibition guests get a first-hand look at the complex nature of our physical composition and a better understanding of how diseases and negative lifestyle choices impact the body.

A display of the nervous system, to me was truly fascinating. To actually see the spinal cord! You can see the thyroid gland, and what a pair of human lungs look like from a smoker and non-smoker, inside a heart and skull. In come cases the muscles are pulled back so you can see bones and tendons. There was a lot of, “oh, that’s what it looks like” moments.

Looking at single organs one can begin to think that the body seems very simple and all makes sense, but then, it is truly amazing how everything works together. We walk, we talk, we move and grow.

It was not as creepy as I thought it would be and it was truly amazing and I can’t wait to go back.

The exhibit is on the ground floor of the Science Museum of Virginia. It is a separate admission price and will run through September.

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