The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

BODY WORLDS 2 & The Brain – Our Three Pound Gem

This is a closed, past exhibit; it is not available for viewing.

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2 & The Brain – Our Three Pound Gem: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies featured more than 200 real human body specimens, including more than 20 whole bodies; healthy and unhealthy organs; and body parts and slices; all preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination. Subtitled “The Three Pound Gem,” the show featured findings in neuroscience on brain development and function; brain disease and disorders; and brain performance and improvement.

Invented by physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Plastination is a method for extracting bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, and replacing them, through vacuum forced impregnation, with reactive resins and polymers. As a result of this process, visitors to BODY WORLDS actually saw inside the human body, learned how it works and how it can be affected by disease and lifestyle choices.

 

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