Monday, June 4, 2012

New Exhibit at the Science Museum of VA "Gets Under the Skin"

The Science Museum of Virginia at 2500 West Broad Street has just opened a new exhibit, "Body Worlds and the Brain." The exhibit literally "gets under the skin" as it features a dozen preserved, skinless human bodies and dozens of other specimens, such as individual organs and slices of organs. The exhibit is the brainchild of German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, who in 1977 created the plastination process used to preserve the bodies.

On the "Body Worlds" website, von Hagens describes initially embedding the organ in liquid plexiglass, an acrylic resin, and using a vacuum to extract the air bubbles that formed when a hardening agent was stirred in. He has since refined the process. The first "Body Worlds" exhibit was in Japan in 1995, and Body Worlds exhibits have since become huge hits in science museums across the globe.  The twelve bodies on exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia are in various poses. One is swinging a baseball bat; one is sitting in a thoughtful pose; another is head down, feet up on a skateboard. While the exhibit may not be for every taste, it is a unique way to learn about the human body.

The exhibit runs through September 23. General tickets are $14 for ages 4-12 and for 60 and older; $15 for ages 13-59. Tickets for members are $7.50. Audio tours may be purchased for an additional fee. For more information, call 804-864-1400 or visit http://www.smv.org/. The Science Museum of Virginia is just a short drive or short walk from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument