BODIES … The Exhibition, will open at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in January 2008, according to a statement issued by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. on PR Newswire today. BODIES is a touring exhibition that has been a world-wide sensation, attracting nearly five million visitors in New York, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, San Diego, Durham, NC, Branson, MO, Sao Paulo, Lisbon and Prague.
BODIES’ website calls the exhibit “a phenomenal look at the phenomenon we call the human body”, and gives visitors have a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with real full human bodies and partial body specimens in a way never seen before. These meticulously dissected bodies are preserved through an innovative process and respectfully presented, giving visitors the ability to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems. In addition to providing an up-close look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems, the exhibition encourages healthy lifestyle choices by serving as a wake-up call.
“This is going to be an amazing exhibit, and a landmark educational opportunity for this region,” Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO of Museum Center, said in the press release. “Because of our superior changing exhibit space and our reputation as a world-class museum, only Museum Center can bring to this community a blockbuster exhibition like BODIES.”
“For centuries, the medical community has learned about the inner workings of anatomy through the study of real human bodies, and now it’s possible for the public to gain an intimate knowledge as well,” said Dr. Roy Glover, professor emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Michigan and chief medical director for BODIES. “The exhibition will change the way people of Cincinnati see themselves. It will enlighten, empower, fascinate, and inspire.”
The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a technique called polymer preservation. During the process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.
“An exhibit like BODIES is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to educate this community on issues of health and healthy lifestyle choices, in a truly extraordinary way,” said Dr. O’dell Owens, Hamilton County Coroner in the statement. “There’s no better way for people, and specifically children, to learn about biology and health than to see these real specimens first-hand.”
“I expect this BODIES exhibition to inspire this city’s next generation of doctors, of fitness professionals but also of leaders in this community who understand the importance of good health and physical wellness,” said Rev. Calvin Harper, community leader and Museum Center advisory board member. “Museum exhibitions, and especially one as spectacular as BODIES, can do that in ways that two-dimensional pictures in a textbook can not.”
PR Newswire, “BODIES … The Exhibition Coming to Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.” URL: http://prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/07-30-2007/0004634985&EDATE=MON+Jul+30+2007,+08:50+AM
Premier Exhibitions, Inc. URL: http://www.prxi.com/
BODIES…The Exhibition, URL: http://www.bodiestheexhibition.com/bodies.html
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, URL: http://www.cincymuseum.org/