Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life

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Image shows an anatomy model from the international exhibit Body Worlds.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life delivers a breathtaking encounter with the inner workings of the human body and shows the effects of poor health, good health and lifestyle choices. In addition to showcasing the wonders of human development, the 100+ preserved human specimens – including whole-body plastinates – demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health.

In the exhibition, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, visitors will follow the human body through the span of time and learn about the latest findings in anatomy, longevity and health.

All specimens presented are preserved through Plastination, an advanced scientific technique invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, which allows specimens to be preserved indefinitely for educational purposes in teaching institutions as well as exhibitions. Dr. von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from a body donation program established in the early 1980s that is managed by the Institute for Plastination.

Museum members have access to a sneak peek opening on October 16 and member-exclusive evening hours on October 17 and 18. Presale tickets for all exhibit dates are reserved for HMNS members. Non-members can purchase tickets beginning October 17. Closing May 31. 

This exhibition is supported by:
Woodforest National Bank

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