Body Worlds in New York
Body Worlds in New York is an exhibition by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, creator of internationally famous and controversial “Body Worlds: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies”. This exhibition is called “Body Worlds: Pulse”, and it was created specifically for the Discovery Times Square. As in previous exhibitions, the objective is to show the visitors the form and function of the human body, through contemplation of real human bodies donated by volunteers and treated with an innovative technique called Plastination.
This exhibition has closed
Gunther von Hagens and Plastination
In 1977 Gunther von Hagens was looking for a new way to conserve specimens for medical education, and he invented Plastination, a process that replaces bodily fluids and fat with fluid plastics that harden after so-called “vacuum-forced impregnation”. Afterwards the bodies can be positioned as desired and hardened with gas, light or heat. It is a very long process that requires about 1500 working hours, but the bodies can be preserved and exhibited for a long time. All the bodies or body parts shown in Body Worlds are real, donated specifically for that purpose to the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg.
Body Worlds Exhibition
The Body Worlds exhibition contains real human specimens, including whole bodies in impossible positions, organ configurations and transparent body slices to show more about different parts of our system. Thanks to Plastination technique, you have an insight into the anatomy and physiology of our body, contemplate how muscles work in different positions or how different habits can affect our organs like smoking and your lungs.
This is not your average exhibition and some might find it a little startling. But it is definitely interesting and you will learn a lot. It is quite amazing how they managed to conserve the bodies with the Plastination technique. Exhibition also has explicatory banners and videos, so I easily spent around two hours inside. I recommend you go if you like anatomy, biology or lifestyle. It’s different from everything you could have seen before! Children are also welcome and there are some educational activities available.
You will receive a voucher that you will need exchange to a ticket at the museum. You will be allocated the next available entry time.
- Opening Times:
Sunday – Tuesday 10:00 – 19:00
Wednesday – Thursday 10:00 – 20:00
Friday – Saturday 10:00- 21:00