"Body Worlds Vital" opens in Anchorage

The Anchorage Museum opened the “Body Worlds Vital” exhibit last week. It will be on view through Jan. 6.


“Body Worlds Vital” features a unique collection of authentic human specimens, including whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. This exhibition shows how the body works when it is healthy, and what happens when it breaks down. Visitors will see how lifestyle choices may affect the body, such as how smoking affects the lungs.

This is the first Body Worlds exhibition in Alaska.

“This is one of the most in-demand traveling exhibitions in the world, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to Anchorage,” said Anchorage Museum Director and CEO James Pepper Henry in a release.

Bodies donated to Body Worlds are preserved through a groundbreaking process called plastination. Invented by scientist Gunther von Hagens, plastination halts decomposition and preserves anatomical specimens for educational purposes.

For more on this exhibit, visit www.bodyworlds.com.

For more on the museum, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org.


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