Plastination at the Franklin Institute

I remember watching a discovery channel a few years ago on this subject, at least I think that’s where I saw it. I can’t think of another channel that would have something like this on it.
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Gunter von Hagens in 1977 “…invented plastination as a groundbreaking technology for preserving anatomical specimens with reactive polymers.” Essentially it’s a form of preservation that allows manipulation of the body to show what you would find through dissection. I saw online an example of a body without skin, so that you can see every muscle fiber and blood vessel, while at the same time this body is standing tall holding onto it’s own skin. Kinda odd yes, but very cool to learn what the heck we look like inside.

This exhibit titled “Body Worlds – The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies” is on display starting tomorrow at the Franklin Institute, and it looks like it’s running until April 23rd. Tickets are required and during peak hours they run $26 and non-peak they run around $16. If you ever wanted to see a human body on display like you’ve never seen it before, here’s your chance. My sister is coming into town this weekend and I might go for the double hit, Mutter Museum and then Body Worlds. I’ll let everyone know how cool it is!

2 Comments so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 2:14 pm

    I did a post for San Francisco Metblogs back in May. I got very mixed reactions on the exhibit.


  2. Ian (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

    Joann,

    Thanks for the interesting info. I took a look at the comments and then the website and saw that the exhibit that was in San Fran was not the same as this one. When I read up on this last week they mentioned on a news site the copy cat plastination that is occuring. I believe the one in San Fran was an example of this. Take a look here and you’ll see why they got mixed reactions. Body World’s is the read deal. I have had one person tell me the one in Philly was amazing, I have still not gone.



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