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BODY WORLDS returns to OMSI posted on 03/01/2020

Trigger your curiosity and discover the mysteries and magic underneath your skin with a trip to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). OMSI's latest exhibit offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the human body.

On Saturday, March 7, OMSI will host the Pacific Northwest debut of Gunther von Hagens' “BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life.” This well-renowned and popular anatomical exhibit has attracted more than 50 million people globally and is the third time a BODY WORLDS exhibit has been featured at OMSI. All specimens presented in the exhibition are preserved through plastination, a scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977.

"We are thrilled to once again bring BODY WORLDS to the Pacific Northwest," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president in a press release to The Mountain Times. "This extraordinary exhibit will offer our visitors a unique experience and spark conversations about the many changes experienced during each phase of life and highlight the steps we can all take to remain fit, healthy, and active."

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit is designed by BODY WORLDS' creative and conceptual designer Dr. Angelina Whalley, director of the Institute for Plastination.

"Dr. von Hagens originally developed plastination as a way to teach people about the human body and show its full potential," Whalley said. "Today, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is the perfect way to use this science to showcase the beauty of the human body and reveal the secrets of vitality, longevity and well-being."

More than 100 specimens have been specially curated for this exhibition, and visitors will see individuals' organs and systems as well as full-body plastinates in various poses including football players and gymnasts.

The plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, showing how we internally respond to activities in our everyday life. The specimens in the exhibit come from an established donation program that relies on donor consent.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life runs March 7 through Sept. 13.

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, 503-797-4000.

Tickets can be purchased online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503-797-4000 or in person at the museum.

Due to tremendous public interest, advance ticket purchase to BODY WORLDS is recommended.

By Frances Berteau/MT

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