Getting a glimpse of the body’s inner workings won’t require a complicated anatomy class this fall – just a trip to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. A new educational exhibit, opening Saturday, Oct. 22, will allow local families to see more than skin deep when Our Body: The Universe Withindebuts. The seasonal exhibition includes approximately 200 real-life human specimens in a fascinating, artful, educational and dignified display.
Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy. Visitors can tour more than 5,000-square-feet of three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation. Guests will connect on a very personal level with these human artifacts as they use them to better understand their own bodies.
Polymer impregnation is a relatively new method of preservation where bodily fluids are replaced by liquid plastic and hardened to create a solid, durable anatomic specimen that lasts indefinitely. Most impressively, the process leaves even the finest, most delicate tissue structure virtually intact, down to the microscopic sphere, making the process invaluable for medical study.
Our Body: The Universe Within examines each of the body’s major systems, allowing visitors to see firsthand how they function and relate to other systems to ensure an individual’s survival. Each is detailed through beautiful and intricate displays of the human body, paired with signage explaining the functions and processes.
The exhibition will be on display through April 23, 2017. For more information about Our Body, or other Science Center programming, visitwww.sfsciencecenter.org.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older. Science Center members and children under 3 are free.
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