LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2008 The California Science Centerwelcomed the 1-millionth visitor to BODY WORLDS today. This marks the latestmilestone in what has been a record-breaking run for BODY WORLDS at theCalifornia Science Center in historic Exposition Park. Grammy Award-winningrecording artist Chaka Khan and a group of middle school students fromCompton, who are sponsored by her foundation, were at the exhibit when theturnstile ticked 1 million. California Science Center president and CEOJeffrey Rudolph awarded the lucky visitor, Jovann Delgado, 12, of Charles DrewMiddle School with a package of science-themed prizes.
BODY WORLDS made its North American debut at the California Science Centerwith the opening of BODY WORLDS 1 in July 2004. Public response to the exhibitwas overwhelmingly positive, and the Science Center opened BODY WORLDS 2 inJanuary 2005, immediately following the first installment. BODY WORLDS 3 & TheStory of the Heart, presented by Herbalife, opened on March 14 torecord-breaking advance ticket sales. BODY WORLDS continues its run as themost popular visiting exhibit at the California Science Center.
Chaka Khan and the group of students from Charles Drew Middle School weretreated to a private showing of BODY WORLDS 3, a presentation on the heartfrom the California Science Center's education staff and an exclusive tour ofthe Air and Space gallery with its curator, Dr. Ken Phillips. The field tripwas part of the Chaka Khan Foundation's college preparatory program andhighlights the California Science Center and BODY WORLDS' mission to inspirethe public to learn about science and health.
Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart is a 20,000square-foot exhibition featuring more than 200 authentic human specimensincluding whole body plastinates, organs, translucent body slices, and aspecial presentation on the heart. Through the life-like and dramatic poses offull-body specimens and detailed presentation of organs and body parts,visitors gain profound insights into the structure and function of healthy andunhealthy bodies. At the California Science Center through Sept. 7, 2008.Admission ranges from $11.50 to $18.95. More:http://www.californiasciencecenter.org.
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