For an exhibition with a difference, why not pay a visit to the Bodies Exhibition in Dublin. The exhibits on view were actually real people who very generously donated their bodies to science. Suitable for all ages, the exhibition provides an excellent educational opportunity to learn about our own bodies. Have a look at our brief guide to learn a bit more…
This certainly is an exhibition with a difference. The bodies and specimens on view actually come from ordinary every day folk, who chose to donate their bodies to science.
The preservation process used is called “polymer preservation” – a process using acetone, silicone and a catalyst in order to produce a rubberized exhibit. The process itself is no quick thing as it takes approximately one year to prepare a body. Then again bodies preserved in the late seventies are still in use today.
Exhibits feel dry to touch, and although you will be quite close to them, you will not be allowed to touch the exhibits. The bodies on view are supplied by Dalian Medical University Plastination Laboratories in the People’s Republic of China.
The identity of the bodies is not given and neither will you know the cause of death. However in certain cases, due to the condition of the internal organs, the Medical Director can actually tell what diseases the person had.
With over 200 organs and body specimens to have a look at you will certainly have more than an idea on the workings of the body’s muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels and organs, by the time you leave the exhibition.
This educational exhibition teaches people about their own bodies and how to take care of themselves, health wise. A key point of the exhibition is the effect smoking and over indulging at the table can have on major organs.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages with the organisers giving out the message that it is better to start educating children from a young age about nutrition, good lifestyle choices and some form of regular exercise in order to promote healthy bodies.
Venue: Ambassador Theatre, O’Connell Street, Dublin.
Times: Sunday to Thursday, 10.00 to 8.00.
Friday and Saturday 10.00 to 10.00.
Dates: Ends 30th April 2009.
Tickets: Organisers advise that it is better to pre-book tickets. Various ticketing options apply, so please check website for further details.
Directions: The Ambassador Theatre is situated in the centre of the City. Travel north down O’Connell Street. The Ambassador will be facing you at the very end.
Transport: Any bus to O’Connell Street.
Taxi rank across road.
Closest parking is Parnell Street, Car Park.
So that’s just a brief overview of the Bodies Exhibition currently showing in Dublin.
If you have come to the capital for the exhibition, why not make a night of it and stay over – just take a look at our Dublin Hotels page to see what’s on offer.
Have you already been to the Bodies Exhibition in Dublin? Then why not drop us a line about your experience in the comments box below – we would love to know how you got on.