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Last chance to see BODY WORLDS Vital

For a festive treat, take the family to Life Science Centre where children go free with every full paying adult and the world-famous BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition is in its final few weeks.

Thousands have flocked to see Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition since it opened at Life Science Centre in May and for those who still have it on their ‘to do’ list, you have until 4 January to experience what has been described as the ‘must-see exhibition of the year’.

Linda Conlon, Chief Executive at Life, said: “There are few exhibitions in the world that so dramatically change the way we think about our bodies, BODY WORLDS Vital does that. It’s a powerful and remarkable exhibition offering such a rare opportunity to look under our skin and in doing so, understand just how truly amazing the human body is.”

180,000 visitors have seen the exhibition since it opened in May – a figure that far outstrips any of the Science Centre’s previous exhibitions.

“We’re incredibly proud to have brought BODY WORLDS Vital to Newcastle for its UK debut and thrilled that so many people have been able to experience it. Visitors have travelled the length and breadth of the country to see this exhibition, such is its appeal. As the exhibition reaches its final two weeks, people can take advantage of the free child entry offer and come and take a look before it heads off overseas.” added Linda.

The exhibition shows how the body works when it is healthy and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases. It allows visitors to explore human anatomy, physiology and health through a series of full body plastinates, individual organs and transparent body slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works. Healthy and diseased organs are shown alongside each other allowing visitors to see how lifestyle choices may affect the body, such as how smoking affects the lungs.

Life Science Centre is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and over the Christmas holidays, visitors can take advantage of a special offer: children go free with every full paying adult offer. In addition to BODY WORLDS Vital, Life has plenty to keep the family entertained with exhibitions, theatre shows, the region’s only 4D Motion Ride and Britain’s most popular planetarium.

The Science Centre will be closed from Monday 5 - Friday 9 January 2015 for essential maintenance.


Created by Dr Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 35-year career in anatomy. BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the only exhibitions to rely on an established body donation programme. To date, more than 14,000 donors around the world have bequeathed their bodies to Dr von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination.

All bodies displayed in BODY WORLDS Vital have been donated to be used for scientific purposes and to increase public awareness of the complexity of the human body. Donors who so generously willed their bodies for the purpose of Plastination – to educate the public about anatomy and physiology – take centre stage in this unprecedented homage to humanity. Excluding a small number of specimens acquired from anatomical collections and morphological institutes, the plastinated specimens on display in Gunther von Hagans’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from a unique body donation programme established in Heidelberg, Germany in 1982, and later managed by the Institute for Plastination (IfP) in Heidelberg, established in 1993.

The Institute for Plastination has a donor roster of over 14,000 individuals that includes over 12,500 Europeans and over 1,400 Americans. From the beginning, the donors were excited about the ground-breaking technique of Plastination and recognised that they were going to be part of something unprecedented. They wanted to make the education of future generations their enduring legacy. With the wish that their bodies be used for educational purposes, the donors have given their permission for their bodies to be displayed to the public after their death.

About Life

The International Centre for Life opened in 2000, born out of an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to creating a self-sustaining science village.

Almost 600 people from 35 countries work here: researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business. What unites everyone is a passion for science.

At the heart of the science village is the Life Science Centre, which attracts around 250,000 visitors annually and is the largest provider of schools science workshops in Europe.

On site partners include Newcastle University, who chose Life for the location of their Institute of Genetic Medicine; the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre; the NHS Northern Genetics Service and several young and vibrant biotechnology companies.

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