BODY WORLDS is the first exhibition of its kind to inform the visitor about anatomy, physiology, and health by viewing real human bodies.
The specimens on display were preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, while he was working as an anatomist at the University of Heidelberg. Since the beginning of the exhibition series in Japan in 1995, more than 38 million visitors in over 90 cities in America, Europe, Asia and Africa have seen BODY WORLDS making it the world’s most successful travelling exhibitions.
What can we see at Life Science Centre?
BODY WORLDS Vital, an awe-inspiring journey through the human body, celebrating its complexity, beauty and potential, makes its UK debut at Life in May 2014. BODY WORLDS Vital brings together a collection of real human bodies, specimens, organs and body slices which have been willed by donors and preserved through Plastination, a ground-breaking method for specimen preservation invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. This special collection of specimens is designed to show visitors the basics of human health and wellness. The exhibition includes whole-body plastinates, a large arrangement of individual organs, organ and arterial configurations, and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works. Vital tells the fascinating story of how best to fight life-threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart ailments, through healthy choices and lifestyle changes.
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) inspects organisations who use human tissue to ensure sure that they are complying with the Human Tissue Act. They have inspected the Life Science Centre and found that we are compliant with the requirements of the legislation. View the full HTA report.
What visitors have said about BODY WORLDS Vital at Life
“Not merely a lesson in physiology and anatomy – ARTWORK! Beautiful.”
- E. Z.
“Extremely interesting. Artistic, educational & beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to see the human body and all its beauty.“
"As a medical professional I found this highly informative and engaging. Absolutely fantastic!"
- K. E.
"A thought provoking, excellent exhibition, the best I have seen. More comprehensive and educational than I believed possible. Makes you marvel at the miracle of life and evolution"
- J. E.
"Fascinating - highly emotional - imperative for everyone to see."
- S. S.
"Interesting and very informative - a fantastic way to engage young people in education and make people think about a healthier lifestyle - loved it"
"I've waited 15 years to see the BODY WORLDS exhibition, and I wasn't disappointed! Beautiful and educational. Many thanks for providing me with this opportunity."
- S. C.
"I brought the family ages 10, 16, 22 , 51 and we all loved it, very fascinating and makes you think about the future."
- S. W.
"An amazing exhibition - if I'd had the benefit of seeing this in my teens I might have done better at Biology. Well done."
- J. F.
What teachers say
"This is not a text book, it's real and not like any other exhibition you'll see - pupils will remember something like this forever."
"A massive thank you! Great day. Well worth the drive from Southampton."
"Tremendous! BODY WORLDS totally brilliant."
"The exhibition was amazing and the teachers and pupils were fascinated by the displays."
"Pupils were fascinated that they were looking at real human bodies and not just models. This was an amazing insight into how the body works."
"It was amazing to see all of the different parts of our body, including bones, muscles and ligaments. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the body parts up-close, especially after talking and learning about them in class."
"Extraordinary - I only wish I had seen it while still teaching"
What celebrities say
"It is amazing and enlightening. A fascinating learning experience. I will never take my body for granted again."
- Tony Hawk, US Skateboarder
"Fabulous and awesome. I have such huge respect for the doctors who are able to understand and care for such complicated specimens with such care. I also will stop eating French fries (maybe)."
- Rhea Pearlman, US actor
"Nothing short of magnificent, da Vinci would love it."
- Luke Perrry, US actor
"A quite extraordinary experience, slightly unnerving, but I do feel an enormous respect now for our bodies and the way they function. Thank you!"
- Lesley Joseph, UK actress
"Thank you for an extraordinary and unforgettable look in the human mirror!"
- Michael York, UK actor
"Fabulous exhibition! Reality is much more than fiction. But here it's dramaturgy and theatralisation and re-creation of reality. Marvellous, unique - definitively to see many times. So inspiring!"
- Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
"I am now able to understand my body in a much better way! Congratulations on such a sensational exhibition and a very enlightening tour. I hope that this exhibition will gain more acceptance."
- Steffi Graf, German tennis player