Getting a glimpse of the body’s inner workings won’t require an anatomy class this fall – just a trip to the West Palm Beach-based South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.
The exhibit, Our Body: The Universe Within, debuts Oct. 22 with 200 real-life human specimens in a fascinating, artful, educational and dignified display. The exhibition is presented in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center and Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. and will be on display through April 23, 2017.
Appropriate for all ages, Our Body literally goes “under the skin” on an organ and systematic level to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy. Visitors will see three-dimensional human bodies, specimens and organs, which were preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation.
Polymer impregnation is a relatively new method of preservation whereby bodily fluids are replaced by liquid plastic, which is then hardened to create a solid, durable anatomic specimen that will last indefinitely. Most impressively, the process leaves even the finest, most delicate tissue structure virtually intact, down to the microscopic sphere, making the process invaluable for medical study.
Our Body: The Universe Within was developed and provided by the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation in Hong Kong. The specimens in the exhibition were provided by various accredited Chinese universities, medical schools, medical institutions, research centers and laboratories to further the goals of the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation which are to promote educational and medical research of the human body.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Our Body: The Universe Within is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older. Science Center members and children under 3 are free. Planetarium shows are not included in general admission pricing.
For more information about Our Body, or other Science Center programming, please call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.