Despite all controversy, in my opinion, this exhibition has tremendous educational value. Beauty and complexity of human body leaves visitors in awe. The exhibition displays human nerves, blood vessels, muscles, bones, brain, heart, lungs, intestinal and reproduction organs. There is a pre-natal section of the exhibition. Visitors can view fetuses in various stages of development, but this section can be bypassed if parents or teachers don't wish their children to view it.
The exhibition allows people to learn more about their bodies and encourages healthy lifestyle choices by presenting organs damaged by excess eating and smoking.
The visitors can view fat deposits, breast cancer, colon cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone fractions.
Dr. Glover, chief medical adviser for BODIES, underlines that BODIES is a family exhibition and more than 250,000 children attended the exhibition.
The BODY's website suggests several classroom activities: create a travel brochure for the Human Skeletal System, create an anti-tobacco public service campaign, and create a brain health & safety handbook. It is suggested to visit the following websites with kids:
Teachers can request a teacher's guide. The exhibition catalog is available for $20.
Tickets are $20 -27 and extra $6 for the audio tour. They offer a kid friendly version of the audio tour. View Minnesota Public Radio slideshow of The Body Worlds' Exhibition at The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. View "Bodies: The Exhibition" slideshow.
Bodies: The Exhibition at washingtonpost.com
Website “BODIES...The Exhibition”
Benetti, W. (2006). Education or freak show? 'Bodies ... The Exhibition' cashes in on our own curiosity
Cunningham, G. (2006). A new way to view the body
Images are from the BODIES catalog.