Body Worlds is Back! (…and this time it’s cerebral.)

To date, the most popular exhibit to fill the halls of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was the Body Worlds 3 exhibition. It was so popular, in fact, that for the final days of its run in Portland, the museum kept its doors open around the clock to fill the demand.

Longitudinal sice of the head

Longitudinal sice of the head. Copyright: Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.com

That was in 2007, but now Body Worlds is coming back to OMSI with a intimate look at the human brain.

For those not familiar with Body Worlds, it is a travelling exhibition of real, preserved human bodies designed to bring anatomical and health education to the public with phenomenal vibrancy and detail. The bodies have been preserved through a process developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens called plastination. The process itself (described at the Body World’s website) is fascinating, but the end results are clear, distinctive anatomical models of organs, body systems, and even whole bodies that serve as educational tools in the Body Worlds exhibits and in classrooms at universities across the planet.

Horizontal brain slice

Horizontal brain slice. Copyright: Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.com

If you haven’t ever seen a Body Worlds exhibit and you live in or will be travelling through Portland, Oregon between the end of October and March of 2012, this is your big chance. And if you came to see Body Worlds when it was in town four years ago, rest assured that this exhibit will be different and will offer you new insights into the forms and functions of the human body.

Pre-order tickets are on sale now at the OMSI website, and for a limited time you can get a significant discount by planning your museum trip ahead of the scheduled exhibit arrival.

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