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The Dennos Museum Center

Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion

April 10 - September 4, 2011

This unique exhibit is a display of over 100 authentic human specimens, including whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices preserved through a special process called plastination. It provides viewers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look inside the human body, and to see and understand our own anatomy and physiology, and provide a new appreciation and respect for the human body and what it means to be human. 

The bodies are prepared through a process called plastination - a technique that prevents decomposition and preserves the anatomical specimens. During preparation, the process extracts bodily fluids and replaces them with reactive plastics. The bodies are positioned in motion allowing you to see the body as it would be in real life situations. We obtained our human specimens from a U.S. supplier to the medical community who works with a plastination laboratory in Taiwan, where the bodies are prepared for educational and scientific purposes.

The main goal of Bodies Human is to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body, as well as to show the effects of poor health, good health and how various lifestyle choices can affect our health. Until recently, there has never been anything like this exhibit to show how our bodies look and work. Nearly 20 million people, including young children, have seen similar exhibits around the world. It's an opportunity for everyone to see up close how our bodies work and how we're able to do the remarkable things that our bodies are capable of doing.

Educators interested in bringing students to this exhibition should call (231) 995-1029 for details.

The rates for this special exhibition will be:

  • $15 for adults
  • $12 for children (12 and under)
  • $10 for members (adults or children)