The Discovery Science Place is excited to open its latest exhibit, “Bodies Human.” Humans are unique and complex machines which have the ability to move, think, manipulate objects, build and repair themselves, grow and even reproduce to make more human machines. But as amazing and resilient as our bodies are, if our machine parts, even just one, do not work to their potential, our human existence is at stake. This exhibit will help you understand the parts that make up your machine and how these structures work together to keep you alive. You will learn about what comprises your body, as well as how these structures operate. In the end, we hope you learn to appreciate the astounding human body.
“Bodies Human” is a unique exhibit which displays over 100 authentic human specimens, including whole bodies, individual organs and transparent slices preserved through a special process called plastination. It provides viewers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look inside the human body, and to see and understand our own anatomy and physiology. This will provide a new appreciation and respect for the human body and what it means to be human. It’s an inside look at the human body and is designed to show how the choices we make affect our overall health.
The bodies are positioned ‘in motion’ – allowing you to see the body as it would be in real life situations.
A few common questions are:
What is Plastination?
The human specimens were obtained from a U.S. supplier to the medical community who works with a plastination laboratory in Taiwan, where the bodies are prepared for educational and scientific purposes. It is a technique that halts decomposition and preserves anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. The process extracts bodily fluids and replaces them with reactive plastics.
Why are the bodies posed the way they are?
By positioning the bodies “in motion,” it allows the visitor to relate the body to real life situations, therefore providing an educational appeal. They are positioned based on anatomical systems.
Is “Bodies Human” an appropriate exhibit for children?
Nearly 20 million people, including young children, have viewed similar exhibitions around the world. It is important to note that the exhibit includes full-body plastinates with exposed genitals. We recommend the exhibit for school groups in grades 6 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by responsible adults during their visit. The decision to view the exhibit is left to the discretion of the parent.
Why did the Discovery Science Place bring this exhibit to Tyler?
The DSP has made a commitment to bring exciting, educational science exhibits to East Texas. It is our mission to ignite curiosity in young minds (of all ages) and we feel East Texans should not have to travel to larger cities to see such an exhibit.
Will I be able to touch any of the exhibits?
While you will be able to get very close to the plastinates, visitors are not allowed to touch them.
Admission & More Info
This exhibit requires a separate admission fee from the regular museum admission. Tickets can be purchased at Discovery Science Place front desk. Tickets are Adults (13 years and older) $8, Children (5-12 years) $6. Academic Group Rate is available for $7 by calling (903)533-8011.
Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, and Sunday: 1-5pm. Discovery Science Place is located in downtown Tyler at 308 N. Broadway, www.discoveryscienceplace.org/bodies-human-anatomy-in-motion.