CLEVELAND (February 14, 2020) – Explore the intricate biology and physiology of human health through more than 100 real human specimens when BODY WORLDS Rx opens Friday, March 20, 2020 at Great Lakes Science Center!
Through the process of Plastination, a complex preservation method that removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with reactive resins and elastomers, the specimens in this special exhibition offer guests the unique opportunity to be inspired and amazed by the inner workings of the human body. From organs and muscles to the nervous system and skeletal structures, BODY WORLDS Rx is an enlightening dose from a prescription for healthier living.
The opening in March will mark the second time a BODY WORLDS exhibition has been featured at the Science Center. In 2005, the Science Center was the second location in North America to host BODY WORLDS 2 and it proved to be one of the most powerful and popular exhibitions in the Science Center’s history, drawing more than 390,000 visitors.
The specimens on display in BODY WORLDS Rx show impressive comparisons of healthy organs and diseased organs, to reveal the physical impact of disease on the body’s systems. Visitors will see how vital organs are positioned in their body and specimens that illustrate common ailments like arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia.
“We are thrilled to bring a BODY WORLDS exhibition back to Cleveland and introduce a whole new audience to this extraordinary experience,” said Science Center President & CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen. “BODY WORLDS Rx gives an unprecedented look inside the most sophisticated mechanism in the world, the human body. And, we are excited that entry to the exhibit will be included with general Science Center admission.”
“At the same time we are hosting BODY WORLDS Rx, we’re excited to announce new additions to our permanent hands-on exhibits in the Science Phenomena gallery and new early childhood programs families are sure to love as we look toward our 25th anniversary next year,” Dr. Ellenbogen continued.
(Editor’s note: The Science Center’s fall-winter schedule is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Science Center will be open Monday, February 17 for Presidents Day.)
About BODY WORLDS The BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the most popular touring exhibitions in the world. More than 50 million people around the globe have seen the anatomical exhibitions so far. Created by physician and scientist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, these exhibitions brought anatomy to the public for the first time and were made possible through his revolutionary invention of a conservation technique back in 1977, called Plastination. Specimens on display originate from the Institute for Plastination’s body donation program, which is comprised of more than 19,000 individuals who have willed their body for plastination during their lifetimes. bodyworlds.com
About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.