About BODY WORLDS Vital
Over 44 million people have experienced BODY WORLDS Vital in over 115 cities world-wide including Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City- now here’s YOUR chance to see it in Trondheim - for the first time in Norway.
The exhibition is a collaboration between NTNU University Museum, Trondheim Science Centre and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.
BODY WORLDS brings together a collection of real human bodies, specimens, organs and body slices which have been willed by donors and preserved through plastination, a ground-breaking method for specimen preservation invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens.
This is a rare opportunity to experience a truly unique exhibition that helps us to understand the wonder, sophistication and fragility of our own bodies.
What is the goal of the exhibition?
BODY WORLDS aims to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices. It is also presented in the hopes that it will motivate visitors to learn more about the science of anatomy and physiology.
Who are the donors?
All bodies displayed in BODY WORLDS Vital have been donated to be used for scientific purposes and to increase public awareness of the complexity of the human body. Donors who so generously willed their bodies for the purpose of Plastination – to educate the public about anatomy and physiology – take centre stage in this unprecedented homage to humanity.
With the wish that their bodies be used for educational purposes, the donors have given their permission for their bodies to be displayed to the public after their death.
Why is it important for the public to see these exhibitions?
The organisers of BODY WORLDS believe that when people understand more about how the body works and how it can break down, they are more likely to choose healthy and sustainable lifestyles. They also hope it will inspire visitors to learn more about the life sciences. Knowledge about what the human body looks like and how it functions is basic life science information that should be available to everyone.
What is Plastination?
Plastination is a unique process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 to preserve specimens for medical education. The process replaces bodily fluids and fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after so-called vacuum-forced impregnation. After the bodies are shaped into lifelike poses, they are hardened with gas, heat, or light. The plastinates show how our bodies move in everyday life, as well as during athletic activities. For more information about Plastination, go to www.bodyworlds.com.
Is this exhibition appropriate for children?
More than 40 million people, including young children, have viewed the BODY WORLDS exhibitions around the world. If you are considering bringing children or school groups to BODY WORLDS, visit our online resources section to find out how to use the exhibition as a learning experience.
Have the ethical questions concerning this exhibition been addressed?
Before the North American premiere of BODY WORLDS, a wide committee of theologians, ethicists, academics, and medical experts thoroughly discussed the ethical questions. Guided by the California Science Center, Los Angeles, they wrote an Ethics Review of the origins of bodies in BODY WORLDS.
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Photo copyright: Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, www.bodyworlds.com. Press material help also from Life Science Centre (life.org.uk).