Last month, I went to the Science Museum of Virginia to see the Body Worlds & the Brain exhibition, which features 12 human bodies preserved through Plastination.
The bodies don’t look like corpses in a funeral home; rather, they’re stripped down to expose the inner workings of the human body, much like what you see in the picture, and then posed to emphasize certain parts of the body, such as the muscles used during athletic events.
In addition to the full bodies, you’ll get a close-up look at the brain, lungs, heart & other parts, including both the healthy version & those affected by disease.
FYI–Since they’re a natural part of the human body, Body Worlds’ full-body plastinates have exposed genitals. The exhibition is recommended for children age 8 & up.
I found the exhibition fascinating. My girls, almost 8 & 11, weren’t quite sure what to make of it at first, but their ‘that’s creepy’ statements switched to ‘that’s cool, look at this’ as we worked our way through the exhibition.
Want to go? Body World & the Brain is not included with the price of museum admission. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for children ages 4-12, and $7.50 for members.
But you can save a bit if you buy a combo ticket. Regular museum admission is $11 for adults. A combo ticket for Body Worlds & the Science Museum of Virginia’s galleries is $20, and a combo ticket for Body Worlds, the galleries, & IMAX is $25.
Even better: Thanks to a deal from NBC 12, on Saturday, August 25, 2012, you can get a combo ticket to Body Worlds and the Science Museum of Virginia’s galleries for just $12. The deal is available on Saturday only, and you can order by phone, 804-864-1400, or online at SMV.org. Since you’re buying a timed admission ticket to Body Worlds, order soon to snag yours before your preferred time slot sells out.
The Science Museum of Virginia is located at 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond. 804-864-1400