Several years ago I took my son to see the Body Worlds exhibit. He was 11 years old. Three days ago I took my 9-year-old to see the exhibition at the Arizona Science Center (www.azscience.org). Friends have asked me if I think the display is appropriate for kids. That I can’t answer for you, as that is truly a decision for each individual family to decide for themselves. But I can tell you my opinion of the exhibit and about my kids’ reactions.
BODY WORLDS & The Brain (www.bodyworlds.com) is on display at the Arizona Science Center through March 27th. Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ world-famous exhibition shows an inside-view of the human body. With over 200 authentic human specimens preserved in a process called Plastination, the bodies look more like mannequins, which made my kids feel comfortable to view.
One benefit for my kids is that healthy versus diseased organs are shown, highlighting the importance of making good choices when it comes to diet and exercise. Seeing the exhibit truly hit that point home with my children.
However, parents take note…exposed genitals are shown on some of the bodies. That was a surprise to me and my kids noticed and commented on that fact!
The Body Worlds website says that specimens on display stem from the Institute for Plastination’s unique body donation program, which von Hagens began in 1983. There are more than 9,000 body donors on the Institute’s body donation roster.
When my kids wanted to know where the bodies came from, I told them about the donation roster.
So, for me, I was comfortable walking with my children through the exhibit. However, I do recommend visiting the Arizona Science Center website (www.azscience.org) to see photos of the exhibit and read more information, so that you can make an informed decision for your own family.