This is in Los Angeles at the California Science Center in Exposition Blvd. only until February 4 so make a dash for it right now!
An amazing educational experience and an exhibit you will not forget easily, the Body Worlds Pulse is a traveling show and created by Gunther von Hagen who is also the inventor of plastination, the process using which many of the human bodies on display have been preserved. These are real human bodies by the way that have been donated to the cause of science and research.
The exhibit is fairly involved in its display pieces as well as commentary. You can also get the audio tour for this part of the floor which has additional information to what is available next to each display and helps understand better each section’s importance to the overall message of life and death, illness and wellness and your body’s functionality.
Some sections are to proceed with caution – there is one area cordoned off that deals with fetuses and pregnancy, there is another addressing sex and intimacy. While tastefully exhibited, ensure that it is age appropriate and topic safe for everyone in your party. Give yourself a good 2-3 hours if you like learning at museums and want to immerse yourself in this exhibition.
It is amazing to me that these are real human specimens – learning about everything from bones to muscles, nerves to other body processes looking at these examples is mindboggling. Throughout the exhibit, there are some thought provoking stats on diseases and conditions as well as inspiring words by famous people that will make you stop to think twice about your health and those of your loved ones.
One of the interesting exhibits is actually a room you walk through showing slides of what a family eats for a week in different countries and how that translate to certain illnesses or conditions relating to those areas of the world. You truly are made up of what you put into you and there’s a whole other section addressing nutrition and diet as well.
There is simply no way you can walk in and out of this exhibit without having learned a wealth of information on your health and body, and wanting to live better life for yourself and your loved ones. The exhibition is split over two levels and there is a reasonable amount of walking and reading to be done so keep that in mind if you need a break.
I don’t know where this exhibition is off to next but if you have the time, definitely check it out before it leaves Los Angeles February 4! If you've already visited this exhibit in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the world, do comment below and let me know your experience.