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Body Worlds

Body Worlds 3 Gymnast - Photo by Alain Gayot

Dr. Gunther von Hagens’s spectacular touring show Body Worlds, an anatomically correct exhibit of more than 200 plastinate cadavers and body parts, has marched its way into Baltimore's Maryland Science Center and Los Angeles' California Science Center.

If you’ve ever been curious about how the body works, you’ll be in for a real treat. Visitors receive a first-hand glimpse at the inner workings of real human bodies. Corpse displays preserved by a process called plastination provide life-size examples of digestive, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

The Maryland Science Center's presentation of "Body Worlds 2: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies" features blackened smokers' lungs in comparison to healthy lungs, as part of the exhibit's "I Quit" program. California's "Body Worlds 3 & The Story of the Heart" exhibit includes never-before-seen whole body plastinates and a special first-time presentation of the heart.

Interview with Dr. Gunther von Hagens
Read Sophie Gayot's interview with Dr. Gunther von Hagens at the California Science Center in Los Angeles as he discusses his philosophy regarding his groundbreaking invention, Plastination—a process designed to preserve bodies and body parts.   

Read Sophie Gayot's interview with Dr. Gunther von Hagens

A plastinate giraffe, unveiled at the Los Angeles California Science Center Body Worlds 3 - Photo by Alain Gayot

The Los Angeles exhibition has unveiled a 16.24-foot-tall giraffe. About 22,538 man hours were spent preserving the animal, which was donated by a zoo in Europe and weighs 2,202 pounds.

:California Science Center
Exposition Park
39th St. & Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA

Maryland Science Center
601 Light St., Baltimore, MD

When: Through September 7, 2008 at the California Science Center
Through September 1, 2008 at the Maryland Science Center

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Body Worlds 3 Plastinate - Photo by Sophie Gayot
Body Worlds 3 Plastinate - Photo by Sophie Gayot

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