Answers to frequently asked questions
Important information about the exhibition Body Worlds
What is BODY WORLDS?
BODY WORLDS is an original, distinctive, unparalleled exhibition that introduces visitors to anatomy, physiology, and healthy living by displaying natural human bodies preserved by plastination, a unique method invented by Dr. Günther von Hagens (Heidelberg, Germany) in 1977. To date, more than 50 million people have visited this world-famous traveling exhibition.
What to expect to see at the exhibition?
The exhibition features authentic anatomical exhibits: plates of the entire body, individual organs, organ configurations and translucent slices. The spectacular plates in the exhibition take the visitor on a fascinating, discovery-filled journey into the world of the human body. Ultimately, the visitor receives a comprehensive overview of human anatomy and physiology.
The exhibition also provides the visitor with the opportunity to see firsthand the manifestations of the most common diseases (including those resulting from tobacco and alcohol addiction), demonstrated in an accessible way by comparing healthy and diseased organs.
Is the exhibition suitable for children?
There are many children of different ages among the visitors to the exhibition. However, whether the content of the exhibition is suitable for a particular child is up to parents or school stuff. School groups are required to book tours in advance. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . The age limit for the exhibition is defined as 12+ .
Why is it important to visit exhibition?
According to the creators of BODYWORLDS, the more people learn about the structure of their own bodies, the more they will be able to live in harmony with themselves and therefore be happy.
Isn't there enough knowledge to be gleaned from books and textbooks?
The plates demonstrate the anatomical aspects of the human body in a format that cannot be reproduced in books or images.
What is plastination?
The method of plastination was invented in 1977 by the German anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens to preserve anatomical specimens for later study. The plastination process involves removing all bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, replacing them through vacuum impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then solidifying them under the influence of light, heat or certain gases, giving the specimens rigidity and stability.
Who are the donors?
Donors are individuals who bequeathed that, upon their death, their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the exhibition. They all wanted to contribute to the development of medicine, and without their participation this exhibition would not have been possible. As agreed upon by the body donors, their identities and causes of death are not disclosed. The exhibition focuses on the nature of our bodies, not on providing personal information.
Is it possible to touch any of the plastinates?
As a rule, visitors are not allowed to touch the plastinates.
Has the exhibition undergone ethical review?
Перед премьерой Соединенных Штатов в 2004 и 2017 годах авторитетный комитет теологов, специалистов по этике, ученых и медицинских деятелей провел независимую этическую экспертизу. Этический обзор происхождения тел в МИРАХ ТЕЛА, проведенный Калифорнийским научным центром в Лос-Анджелесе, доступен для загрузки на нашем веб-сайте www.bodyworlds.com
Can I take photos or videos at the show?
In specially designated areas of the exhibition there is an opportunity to take pictures for personal use on small portable devices.
How long does it take to see the exhibition?
The lens of time to examine specimen takes about an hour, but the time of exam may vary on individual requests.