Bodies: The Exhibition -- Innovative Science Showcase in Manhattan
The last date listed for Bodies: The Exhibition was June 1-June 30, 2012.
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Bodies: The Exhibition opened a 30,000-square-foot exhibition on November 19, 2005 and has been extended indefinitely in New York City. This exhibition showcases 20 whole-body specimens and more than 200 organs and partially body specimens that gives visitors the opportunity to see their own bodies in a fascinating way they never have before. These meticulously dissected whole-body specimens are featured to show the visitors exactly “what lies beneath’ and the complex systems involved in the activities that are a part of daily life.
This exhibition features a gallery showcasing the eye-opening effects of obesity on the human body through authentic human bodies of those who damaged their organs due to over-eating and lack of exercise. The exhibition also features a healthy lung and a black lung ravaged by smoking side by side in a vivid comparison that is undeniable – and more powerful than any textbook image.
In addition to providing an up-close look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and circulatory systems, the exhibition encourages healthy lifestyle choices by serving as a wake-up call that demonstrates how our own choices directly affect our health. The exhibition will change the way people see themselves. It is designed to enlighten, empower, fascinate, and inspire.
The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, a human specimen is first preserved according to standard mortuary science. The specimen is then dissected to show whatever it is that someone wants to display. Once dissected, the specimen is immersed in acetone, which eliminates all body water. The specimen is then placed in a large bath of silicone, or polymer, and sealed in a vacuum chamber. Under vacuum, acetone leaves the body in the form of gas and the polymer replaces it, entering each cell and body tissue. A catalyst is then applied to the specimen, hardening it and completing the process. This method of preservation creates a specimen that will not decay. This offers thousands of unique teaching possibilities for educators at all levels, including medical professionals, archaeologists and other scientists.
Premier cannot independently verify the provenance of the human remains in this exhibit.