Press Releases & Statements 2011

 

Museum Excited by Opening of BODY WORLDS Vital 

Columbia, S.C. (Nov 15, 2011) - After months of preparations, the South Carolina State Museum has opened the biggest exhibition it has ever brought to the Palmetto State. BODY WORLDS Vital opened Nov. 13 with 6,500 square feet of real human bodies, organs and systems assembled to teach guests how best to take care of their bodies and live longer, healthier and happier lives. 

“We’re excited because the museum has never brought in an exhibition of this magnitude that has so much value for so many people,” said Director of Education Tom Falvey. “This is an incredible opportunity to help people discover what’s inside them and how to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

That’s the bottom line of this brand-new, first-in-the-Southeast exhibit from the group that brought the original BODY WORLDS exhibit to the world in 1995. The 14 complete bodies (plus numerous organs and organ systems) are presented in health, in distress and disease to illustrate the effects of various illnesses on the body, and to show how these diseases can be fought and overcome, or, preferably, prevented in he first place.

“Smoking is a perfect example,” said Falvey. “Lung cancer and other smoking related illnesses are among the most preventable diseases there are, and they can be largely prevented by simply not smoking. So if you’re a non-smoker, you have a huge advantage over these diseases by never starting to smoke. If you are a smoker, you can possibly save your life by quitting before these illnesses find you.” 

According to the S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Leading a healthy lifestyle (such as avoiding tobacco use, being physically active and eating well) greatly reduces a person’s risk for developing chronic disease.  The bodies are placed in athletic poses to demonstrate that the body was made for motion and achievement. A fencer, two flamenco dancers, a runner and more are included to show the muscles and other systems involved in such activities. “This show has to be seen to be believed,” said Falvey.

“Observing up close the miraculous systems of the human body and how they work together to allow us to do what we do is simply amazing.” The museum will present a number of programs related to the exhibit, including films, a health fair and a blood drive.

BODY WORLDS Vital can be seen in the State Museum’s Blockbuster Gallery through April 15. Media sponsors for the exhibit include WIS –TV, WCOS-FM, the State, Lamar Advertising and Time Warner Cable. Admission to BODY WORLDS Vital is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for ages 3-12, in addition to general museum admission.

South Carolina students in groups are admitted for $5. Tickets can be purchased, and information can be found, on the Museum’s Web site, southcarolinastatemuseum.org. Tom Falvey may be contacted at (803) 898-4921.

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CANADIAN PREMIERE OF BODY WORLDS VITAL AT SCIENCE NORTH!

See the exhibit that will change the way you look at life!
Opens April 25, 2012.


SUDBURY, ON (November 10, 2011) – BODY WORLDS Vital, the latest in a series of groundbreaking exhibitions, makes its first appearance in Canada at Science North in Sudbury.  This Canadian premiere opens April 25th, 2012 and celebrates the potential of the human body and the body in motion. Featuring authentic human bodies, the exhibition shows the body in health, distress and disease and tells the pressing story of how best to defeat life-threatening diseases - such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments - through informed choices and lifestyle changes.

BODY WORLDS Vital, in its first-ever showing in Canada, is the latest chapter in the HUMAN SAGA project - a series of curated museum blockbusters that began with the exploration of the brain and neuroscience, cardiology and the heart, human development and longevity and aging.

“BODY WORLDS Vital is a fascinating and thought-provoking exhibit that aligns perfectly with the Science North mission to involve people in the relationship between science and everyday life,” says Science North CEO Guy Labine.  “Science North looks forward to welcoming visitors to see this truly amazing exhibit, in the spirit of education, information and inspiration.”
“Science can challenge us but it can also offer great insight, and that is what this exhibition does,” says Science Director Jennifer Pink.  “Until now, few of us have had the opportunity to appreciate the complexity of our bodies and to understand how our everyday decisions about what we do and what we consume have a direct impact on our vitality.  BODY WORLDS Vital does all this and more.”

Physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original, precedent-setting public anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies, and the only anatomical exhibitions with an established body donation program, with bodies willed by donors – during their lifetime -- for the express purpose of serving BODY WORLDS’ mission to educate the public about health and anatomy. The bodies are preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination. Invented by von Hagens, Plastination is a method of extracting bodily fluids and fat from specimens, and replacing them with reactive resins and polymers - enabling visitors to actually see inside the human body, learn how it works, and how it can be affected by disease.

BODY WORLDS Vital presents a specially curated collection of key specimens designed to show visitors the essentials for human health and wellness. The exhibition is comprised of whole body plastinates and a large arrangement of individual organs, organ and arterial configurations and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body functions. The human body is built for action and experience. Intricately formed for optimal functioning, the living body is designed for survival, striving and achievement. These detailed anatomical studies, compositions, and representations allow visitors a penetrating gaze at what lies beneath the skin.

Using compelling multi-media installations as a backdrop, the exhibit will show the body in disease and distress by comparing healthy bodies to bodies that have succumbed to a host of illnesses and medical conditions. It will inspire visitors to assert themselves and to claim responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

"There are some recurring diseases that afflict North Americans regardless of gender: the obesity pandemic; heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and kidney disease, respiratory disease and Alzheimer's," von Hagens said. "The remarkable thing is that people can begin to protect themselves against these diseases by making certain dietary and lifestyle choices. We hope for the message of vitality, fitness and health to be contagious."

More than 33 million visitors worldwide have seen the trailblazing anatomical exhibitions in the BODY WORLDS saga.  Visit bodyworlds.com for more information on the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.
For more information about the Canadian premiere of BODY WORLDS Vital, go to sciencenorth.ca

Contact:

Marianne Zadra
Marketing Specialist, Media and Communications
(705)523-3701, ext 276
zadra@sciencenorth.ca

About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North’s attractions – a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibitions hall and Dynamic Earth – delight hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Science North has recently undergone the most extensive renovation in its history.  The third floor of the science centre, known as the Northern Ecosystems, features live animal ambassadors like Drifter the beaver and Quillan the porcupine, numerous amphibians and reptiles, birds and fish in newly designed habitats that echo the natural ecosystems outside the panoramic windows of this exhibit area.  Visitors enter the science centre by walking through an underground tunnel, blasted from 2.3 billion-year-old bedrock.  Part of this stunning waterfront facility includes geological artifacts such as  “shattercones”,  distinct, fan-like formations resulting from the impact of a massive meteorite about 1.86 billion years ago, and the Creighton Fault, an ancient fault line that scientists estimate has been inactive for over one billion years. The impressive Vale Cavern, also blasted out of ancient rock, houses a new film-based attraction, Wilfires! A Firefighting Adventure in 4D.

About BODY WORLDS
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS is the culmination of the German scientist and physician's more than 35-year career in anatomy. More than 33 million people around the world have experienced the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the only exhibitions that rely on an established body donation program. To date, more than 13,000 donors around the world have bequeathed their bodies to Dr. von Hagens Institute for Plastination after death.

Media are invited to download high-resolution images at the BODY WORLDS online picture database. For a video on the BODY WORLDS plastination process, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xui7q21y0bU

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Pacific Northwest Debut of All-New BODY WORLDS Exhibition at OMSI
Limited Time Offer Pre-Purchase Savings Incentiv exhibit Opens October 20, 2011

Portland, OR (September 14, 2011) — The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) announces its newest featured exhibition, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain, opening to the public on Thursday, October 20 for a limited engagement. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of a special savings on pre-sale tickets, now through October 19*.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain will have a specific focus on neuroscience, brain development and function, brain disease and disorders, and brain performance and improvement. BODY WORLDS explores health science, anatomy and physiology through the study of real human bodies preserved through “plastination”, Dr. von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of preserving the body for anatomical study. This new exhibition features more than 200 all-new authentic human specimens, including whole body plastinates, organs, and body slices.

OMSI hosted the Pacific Northwest debut of BODY WORLDS in 2007. The exhibit made history at the museum with a total of nearly 400,000 visitors during its 4-month run. “After the extraordinary community response to BODY WORLDS four years ago, we are excited to host a new exhibit, BODY WORLDS & The Brain at OMSI. It presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the anatomy of the human body, with both its resilience and fragility. The exhibit also conveys important health messages that OMSI, and our partner OHSU, believe will positively impact the lifestyle choices of many who see the exhibit," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president.

In keeping with his mission of educating people, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of the Plastination process and creator of BODY WORLDS and his wife, Dr. Angelina Whalley, conceptual planner and creative designer of the exhibitions, have created a holistic meditation on the brain that merges anatomy, neuroscience, and philosophy that resonates with everyone.

“The brain is an incredible marvel of engineering. I wanted people to recognize what is known about this amazing gem inside our heads, and be awed by its possibilities and capacities,” said Dr. von Hagens.
“We wanted to present this most complex organ in a way that was accessible to the general public, and in the most elegant way,” said Dr. Whalley, the physician who planned the BODY WORLDS exhibitions that have been seen so far by more than 33 million people worldwide.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain is presented at OMSI by the OHSU Brain Institute with support by Mentor Graphics.

*Special prices for advance purchase tickets through October 19 are only $12.00 for children (3-13), $16.00 for students & seniors (14+ w/ School ID & 63+) and $19.00 for adults.  Visits at this special price must occur before November 18, 2011. After October 19, regular general admission prices are: $17.00 for children (3-13), $20.00 for students & seniors (14+ w/ school ID & 63+ w/ ID), and $25.00 for adults.  Tickets include admission to BODY WORLDS & The Brain and OMSI’s permanent exhibits. The museum and exhibition are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and open late on Friday and Saturday evenings until 9:00 p.m. Discounted pricing is available for school groups. Please visit www.omsi.edu or call 503-797-4486 for group, school, holiday hours, after-hour prices and more information.

FOR IMAGES
High-resolution images are available at: http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/media/picture_database
For B-roll or additional information, contact:
Andrea Middleton: amiddleton@omsi.edu or 503.797.4677 or
Sara Perrin: s.perrin@bodyworlds.com or 503.789.2791


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Process of Plastination & BODY WORLDS
During Plastination, all bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive resins and elastomers such as silicon rubber and epoxy, through a vacuum process. After gas, heat, or light curing, the specimens assume rigidity and permanence. “The purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one, to educate medical students,” said Dr. Gunther von Hagens. “But the interest that laypeople had in the plastinated specimens inspired me to think of creating public exhibitions, which was followed by the realization that I had to offer a heightened sense of aesthetics, to avoid shocking the public and to capture their imagination.”
The whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS are comprised of people who, in their lifetime, donated their bodies for Plastination and the express purpose of educating future generations about health.
“BODY WORLDS is collaboration, a joint quest toward enlightenment between donor, anatomist and visitor,” says Dr. Gunther von Hagens. More than 33 million visitors in over 60 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have viewed these exhibits since the first one debuted in Japan in 1995, and more than 12,000 donors, including over 1,200 Americans, and 39 Oregonians have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.  For more information on BODY WORLDS visit www.bodyworlds.comAbout OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is one of the nation’s top ten science museums, a world-class tourist attraction and an educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

Andrea Middleton: amiddleton@omsi.edu or 503.797.4677
Sara Perrin: s.perrin@bodyworlds.com or 503.789.2791

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SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA TO HOST MIDWEST PREMIERE OF
GUNTHER VON HAGENS’ BODY WORLDS VITAL TRAVELING EXHIBITION


DES MOINES, IA: BODY WORLDS Vital presented by Iowa Health System and Kemin Industries, Inc., will open at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (SCI) on May 7, 2011 for a limited engagement. BODY WORLDS Vital is the latest exhibition in the BODY WORLDS saga from physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, focusing on educating visitors about the inner workings of the human body and how to defeat life-threatening diseases through informed choices and lifestyle changes.

BODY WORLDS is the original anatomical exhibition series displaying authentic human bodies, willed by donors through the Institute for Plastination’s Body Donor Program, and preserved using a process called plastination. Invented by Dr. von Hagens, plastination is a groundbreaking process in which real human specimens are preserved through the science of plastination.  The specimens resulting from the revolutionary process are called plastinates.  Plastinates show the inner workings of the body and the striking whole-body specimens show the human body in real-life poses, like never seen before.

BODY WORLDS Vital makes its Midwest premiere at SCI as only the second venue anywhere to host this extraordinary exhibition. Since 1995, more than 32 million visitors worldwide have experienced the BODY WORLDS exhibitions; Central Iowa will be the smallest market in the U.S. to present this internationally-renowned educational series.

“The BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition paints a vivid picture of the human body in health, distress, and disease through the presentation of full-body plastination,” says SCI President & CEO Dr. Paul Jennings.  “Our hope is that this exhibition can provide a platform from which audiences can make better informed lifestyle choices.”

The purpose of BODY WORLDS Vital is to educate Americans on common diseases and preventive care and to encourage them toward living a healthy lifestyle. The exhibition is comprised of whole body plastinates as well as individual organs and translucent body slices that give a complete illustration of how the human body functions.

“There are some recurring diseases that afflict Americans regardless of gender: the obesity pandemic, heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and kidney disease, respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s. The remarkable thing is that people can begin to protect themselves against these diseases by making certain dietary and lifestyle choices,” said von Hagens. “We hope for the message of vitality, fitness and health to be contagious and relayed by visitors to their social networks.”

“Iowa Health is committed to improving the health of our communities. We invested in BODY WORLDS Vital to give Iowans a rare glimpse into how the human body works,” said Eric Crowell, President and CEO of Iowa Health – Des Moines.  “We hope this world-class exhibition educates and inspires you to take better care of your family's health.”

"The BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit is a testament to the complexities of the human body and human health,” said Chris Nelson, President of Kemin Industries. “There is still much scientific research and breakthroughs yet to be discovered in the biochemistry of the human body. I hope the exhibit inspires young people to work in bio-science and be part of these amazing future discoveries.”

Supplementary Programming
The Science Center of Iowa will enhance the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition with a monthly educational and interactive series of events called Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies. These events are designed to engage the public in the education of health of both the mind and body. SCI will also be open extended hours Thursday and Friday evenings during the run of this exhibition.

Complementary IMAX Film

The Human Body (45-minute documentary film) sponsored by Grand View University and Iowa Health - Des Moines.

The Human Body reveals the incredible story of life with a look at the biological processes in astonishing detail through the use of groundbreaking computer graphics and stunning real-life images.  This is the story of what takes place beneath the skin and gives viewers the ability to see the extraordinary accomplishments of our everyday lives.

"In addition, we are proud to present The Human Body at the Science Center of Iowa's Blank IMAX Dome Theater,” says Crowell. “Our mission of healing, caring and teaching is fully demonstrated in this presentation as viewers are taken through an incredible journey through the human body."
 
Visiting Information
Timed tickets to BODY WORLDS Vital are $19.25 for adults, $13.50 for children ages 2 – 12 and $17.75 for seniors.  Estimated visiting time inside the exhibition is 1-2 hours and audio tours will be available to SCI members for $3 and to non-members for $5. Tickets to BODY WORLDS Vital include all-day admission to the Science Center.  SCI members receive discounted tickets to the exhibition, and tickets are exclusively on sale to SCI members for 24 hours. Sales open to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 13.

For more information on the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition and to purchase tickets, visit www.sciowa.org/bodyworldsvital or call (515) 274-6868.

Previews of BODY WORLDS Vital will be available for members of the media on May 6.  Email chris.beck@sciowa.org to make arrangements.

About BODY WORLDS: Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s more than 35-year career in anatomy.  More than 32 million people around the world have experienced the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.  BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the only exhibitions that rely on an established body donation program. To date, more than 12,000 donors around the world have bequeathed their bodies to Dr. von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination.

About the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
: The Science Center of Iowa is a 110,000-sq. ft facility devoted to lifelong learning, featuring dynamic experience platforms and daily interactive demonstrations with SCI staff for visitors to explore and experiment.  By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor, the programmatic emphasis is not on "what" to learn, but "how" to learn.  SCI also features the 175-seat John Deere Adventure Theater for live performances, the 50-foot domed Star Theater for planetarium shows and the 216-seat Blank IMAX Dome Theater for engaging films.  SCI’s Iowa Learning Center cultivates ties to formal education through educational resources for educators and students, the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool, as well as a statewide outreach program.

To arrange photo opportunities and interviews, contact:
 
Mr. Chris Beck       
Director of Marketing   
(515) 274-6868 ext. 248   
chris.beck@sciowa.org

Ms. Kim Blythe
Promotions and Events Coordinator
(515) 274-6868 ext. 238
kim.blythe@sciowa.org
 
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SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER TO HOST ALL-NEW BODY WORLDS & THE BRAIN EXHIBITION

More than 200 Plastinated Specimens Demystify the Human Mind and Reveal the Secrets of the Human Body

ST. LOUIS - The Saint Louis Science Center announced today it will host the new blockbuster exhibition, Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain, which will open to the public Friday, June 10 in the EXPLORADOME. For the first time in St. Louis, this new presentation of BODY WORLDS focuses specifically on the brain and unravels the mystery of the mind and secret world of the brain.

"BODY WORLDS & The Brain provides the Saint Louis Science Center with a unique opportunity to enrich people's understanding of their bodies, especially their brains," said Philip Needleman, Ph.D., Interim President and CEO for the Science Center. "This exhibition is the perfect backdrop for conversations about the neurological problems that impact more and more families everyday. We're excited to supplement an already amazing exhibition with programming to educate our visitors about the complexities of the brain."

This special presentation offers a broad perspective on the brain that merges anatomy, neuroscience and philosophy and resonates with everyone.

"The brain is an incredible marvel of engineering," said Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of the Plastination process and creator the exhibitions. "I wanted people to recognize what is known about this amazing gem inside our heads and be awed by its possibilities and capacities."

Through its aesthetic and accessible displays, BODY WORLDS invites contemplation, study and reflection of the power and vulnerability of the human body and the brain.

"We wanted to present this most complex organ in a way that was accessible to the general public and in the most elegant way," said Dr. Angelina Whalley, conceptual planner and creative designer of the exhibitions, which have been seen by more than 32 million people worldwide.

The Science Center plans to supplement the exhibition with expert speakers and special programming, including favorites, like a BODY WORLDS-focused Family Med School and Artist's Nights, and new presentations involving brain scans and insights into common neurological afflictions, including Alzheimer's, autism, ADHD and depression.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain will be open Monday through Wednesday from 9:30am to 5:30pm (5pm after Labor Day) and Thursday through Saturday from 9:30am to 9pm. Final entry into the exhibition is one hour prior to closing.

Admission to BODY WORLDS is $20 for adults, $13 for children 5-18, $17 for students with I.D., and seniors 62+. Children under 5 are free. Member pricing is $15 for adults, $11 for children 5-18, and $13 for seniors 62+ and students with I.D. Tickets will go on sale to Science Center Members on May 2 and to the general public on May 9.

Group rates are available. For pricing and package information or to request a proposal, call 314.289.4471 or visit slsc.org/SignatureEvents

The Science Center is seeking volunteers who have experience in the health and medical fields to work in the exhibition and assist with special programming. For more information, contact the Volunteer Department at 314.289.4412 or volunteer@slsc.org

BODY WORLDS & The Brain will run for a limited engagement. For more information, call 314.289.4424 or visit slsc.org

For further information, contact:
Beth McClure, Director of Communications, Saint Louis Science Center
314.289.1455, 314.267.9916, bmcclure@slsc.org
Maria Totoraitis, Public Relations Coordinator, Saint Louis Science Center
314.289.1410, 314.422.0048, mtotoraitis@slsc.org  

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BODY WORLDS & THE CYCLE OF LIFE EXHIBIT TO MAKE U.S. PREMIERE AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO

Real anatomical exhibit, focusing on human life cycle, to open at MSI on March 18, 2011

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new exhibit from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens that focuses on the human life cycle will make its U.S. debut at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago on March 18, 2011 and run through Sept. 5, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to the public on January 24, 2011.

The Cycle of Life, a 14,000-square-foot exhibit, features a special presentation on the human life cycle and the arc of aging, by exhibition designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, as well as more than 200 specimens preserved through plastination, the remarkable scientific process invented and perfected by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. This is the exhibit’s first stop for U.S. audiences. In 2005 and 2007, MSI hosted BODY WORLDS and BODY WORLDS 2, welcoming 1.3 million guests to these fascinating and educational exhibitions.

Since 2007, we have consistently been asked by guests if BODY WORLDS would be returning to MSI,” said David Mosena, Museum president and CEO, “and we are thrilled to debut this compelling new experience, The Cycle of Life.” “The reaction from our guests to the BODY WORLDS exhibits was unprecedented; they provoked conversations between family members, questions from children, and in many, a newfound interest in their own personal health. We anticipate that The Cycle of Life exhibit will elicit the same response and offer a unique and educational perspective on the span of life. The exhibit is also a great complement to our new permanent exhibit YOU! The Experience, which currently contains 18 plastinated specimens and delves into all aspects of human health and wellness.”

The displays and installations in BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life take guests on a journey of self discovery, showing the body living through time—as it changes, grows, matures, peaks and finally wanes. In addition to the focus on human development, the extraordinary real specimens demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body through anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease and optimal health.

Highlights that will captivate and educate guests of all ages include:

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a stunning look at conception and prenatal development. This area features a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collection of plastinated embryos and fetuses acquired from historical anatomical collections.

The Artists’ Gaze is a striking display on the sight and visions of Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease. Using the scholarship of Stanford University professor of ophthalmology, Dr. Michael Marmor, the display sheds light on the challenges faced by Monet during the creation of his Giverny landscapes and Degas’ visual problems that affected his painting.

Centennial Village features the findings on geographic clusters around the world where the longest living people live—from Okinawa, Japan and Ovodda in Sardinia to the Hunza region of Pakistan. The people of these regions, who defy our understanding of what longevity means, have been found to share some common traits and lifestyle practices that are worthy of attention.

Additional highlights include multimedia displays showing the physical effects of aging and plastinated specimens showing the effects of the aging process in our bodies. The exhibition celebrates life in all stages, including childhood, teenage years, adulthood and old age.

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS are the only public anatomical exhibitions that stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. All of the specimens have been preserved through plastination, a process that replaces the natural fluids in the body with reactive plastics that are initially pliable, and then harden after infusion. By hardening the plastic in the specimens, they may be permanently preserved in life-like poses, which illustrate how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements.

“I invented plastination when I was 32—half a life ago— so I could teach people about the human body and show them its full potential,” said Dr. von Hagens. “Now that I am in my 60s, it seemed a natural progression to use my science to present, in BODY WORLDS, the secrets of vitality, longevity and well-being.”

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at the Museum of Science and Industry offers:
• Families with children a wonderful opportunity to talk about health and vitality.
• A new look at the aging process and insight on what it takes to live long and live well.
• A tremendous value. Daytime guests get to experience the exhibit as well as the newly renovated Museum that includes YOU! The Experience and Science Storms.
• Convenient indoor parking (additional fee).

TICKETING DETAILS
To ensure an enriching experience for all, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, parent, guardian or school chaperone while in BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. Cost for the exhibit includes general admission and each guest must choose their specified entry time. The last available entry time is 90 minutes before the exhibit closes. General admission/exhibit tickets are $27 for adults; $26 for seniors and $18 for children (3-11). City of Chicago residents receive a discount on general admission. Tickets will go on sale January 24 at 10 a.m. at msichicago.org; advance purchase is recommended. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for a discount when they book in advance.

From March 18 – April 25, the Museum and BODY WORLDS will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Museum will offer special Spring Break evening hours for BODY WORLDS from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, March 24 – April 24, 2011. At this time, only BODY WORLDS exhibit will be open. The cost for evening hour tickets is $17 for adults and seniors, and $13 for children (3-11).
From April 26 – May 26, the Museum and BODY WORLDS will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Museum will extend its hours until 5:30 p.m. for the summer from May 27 to Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2011.

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) offers thousands of fun and interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind, world-class experiences to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education, MSI also aspires to a larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open every day except December 25, and regular hours are 9:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

Contacts:
Beth Boston, Museum of Science and Industry, (773) 947-6003
Marilyn Stein, Museum of Science and Industy, (773) 947-3133
Jack Wlezien, PCI, (312) 558-1770

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