Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life
*I received tickets at a discounted rate in order to visit Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life. Regardless of that opinions are 100% my own as always.
Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life
As a school teacher I’ve been to Union Station in Kansas City several times on field trips and each time I went there was always something new and exciting to see and of course do while there. But this visit was a little different, we went strictly for the Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life exhibit and let me tell you, it is beyond impressive. The exhibits were amazing and a very educational experience to enjoy from conception to centenarian. We went because our daughter is now in college and studying to be a nurse. One of her classes is Anatomy and Physiology so I knew this would be a great thing for her. (For me it would be a challenge because that kind of thing kind of creeps me out.)
The exhibit brings to life the human body in a 3-D experience that is nothing like we have ever seen before. To say it was amazing is probably putting it a little to lightly but it really was amazing. It brings the body to life like I have never seen it before and some of the exhibits made me want to look away but at the same time dive deeper into the exhibit.
How much time does it take?
That is a loaded question because we were there for a couple of hours and Liz was ready to go. But you could easily spend the entire afternoon evening reading, learning and exploring the human body. I did notice that the adults were the ones stopping to read all of the information and the college students were quickly glancing over it and moving on. I would love to see them implement some sort of listening device at each station to make kids of all ages learn a little more.
Fun Facts About Body Works
- Currently there are nine BODY WORLDS exhibitions on display in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
- Plastination is a technique that stops the decomposition of a deceased body and produces solid, odorless and durable anatomical specimens for scientific, medical and public instruction without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde.
- A whole-body plastinate requires approximately 1,500 working hours to complete.
- The BODY WORLDS exhibitions were created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens with the ultimate goal of health education. Refer to Dr. Gunther von Hagens: A Life in Science for biography.
Is it kid appropriate?
Yes, but I would say to use your best judgement on age appropriateness. I would say that an 11 year old would be ok as long as it was the parent or guardian taking them. But I personally wouldn’t want to take a class of third graders because there could be lots of questions raised that as a teacher I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering. It would be a great educational experience, but I would strongly suggest visiting the exhibit yourself before taking a Field Trip for a school function.
Make plans now to experience the sheer elegance and intricacy that makes us human.
BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life opened on Saturday, May 21st. Operating hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $14 to $21.95 for General Admission and $24.95 for a VIP Anytime Voucher. Special pricing is also available for Group visits. Tickets are available for purchase at the Union Station Box Office and online.
Plan your next visit like we are because the Pompeii Exhibit will open to the public on November 18th!