Maryland Science Center Unveils Anatomical Exhibition, Body Worlds 2, on Saturday, February 2

Saturday, February 2, 2008 General News J E 4
BALTIMORE, Feb. 1 Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 2: TheOriginal Exhibition of Real Human Bodies will open at the Maryland ScienceCenter this Saturday, February 2nd. The acclaimed exhibition includes theEast Coast debut of The Three Pound Gem, a special feature on the brain.

BODY WORLDS presents more than 200 anatomical specimens, including wholebodies, healthy and unhealthy organs, body section and slices, all preservedthrough a remarkable process called Plastination. The Three Pound Gem wasinspired by findings in neuroscience on brain development and function, braindisease and disorders, and brain performance and improvement.

At the Maryland Science Center, more than 20 whole bodies presented inunique and surprising poses and dozens of individual organs will offervisitors an in-depth view of the human body, focusing on wellness and disease.The exhibition displays the anatomy, physiology, and effects of lifestylechoices on the human body. BODY WORLDS 2 is the largest exhibition ever ondisplay at the Maryland Science Center, occupying more than 15,000 square feetof exhibition space.

Plastination - the groundbreaking method for extracting bodily fluids andfat from specimens and replacing them, through vacuum forced impregnation,with reactive resins and polymers - was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens,physician, anatomist and creator of the exhibitions that bear his name.

The specimens in the exhibition stem primarily from a body donationprogram managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany. Todate, the roster includes more than 8650 registered donors, 655 of themAmericans, who have agreed to donate their bodies for the express purpose ofserving BODY WORLDS mission to educate the public about health and anatomy.

More than 18,000 advance tickets have been sold for the exhibition at theMaryland Science Center. Tickets are available on the Maryland ScienceCenter's website, .

The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is visited by more than 500,000people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with full-sizedinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; a day in the life of thehuman body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactiveexperiments in Newton's Alley. Other attractions include the Kids Room, thefive-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous DavisPlanetarium.Media Contact: Todd Scott Himmelrich PR 410-528-5400 877-528-1515

SOURCE Maryland Science Center


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