By: Kaitlyn Jumpe
The Bodies Museum moved to Faneuil Hall, Boston to showcase an extraordinary human body exhibit, Vitals. It showcased all of the important systems in the body, such as digestive, respiratory, and muscular. The displays can only be described as remarkable.
The creator of the exhibit, Gunther von Hagens, uses actual people who have died to show the majestic intricacies giving viewers a new vision about how hard bodies really work. All of the organs, tissues, and yes, people, in the museum were alive and working at one point, but with the help of preservatives these bodies have remained intact. It takes one year to fully preserve a body to go on display.
Viewers walking by the bodies see them in different positions and activities and are amazed at how many muscles are involved in even the simplest of actions. From dancing, fencing, and even playing hockey, the power and majesty put into every movement people make is beyond fascinating.
Some bodies were cut in half so the organs and cavities could be seen from multiple angles. Some organs were on display in glass cases. A few organs and limbs featured different medical conditions so the viewer could see how the condition affected the bodies underneath the skin. One example was a hand with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Along with each system, the exhibit featured these indescribable blood vessel models. Hagen managed to remove everything but the blood vessels, allowing the viewer to witness every vein and artery inside the body. The vast amount of blood vessels in the arm, kidneys, body, and face make the organs look like sculptures made of thick red netting.
In the respiratory system there were many lung samples. Some were together with the diaphragm and larynx, while others were open to view inside the lung itself. The exhibit also featured a few pairs of smoker’s lungs, which resembled scaly black rock.
The digestive system also featured a hall that showcased the average weekly grocery list from multiple countries around the world. From India to America the food products varied from fruits and vegetables to McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. It’s fascinating to see what foods different nationalities eat.
The museum includes the reproductive system and contains fragile structures so those with young children should wait until they’re a few years older. However, the Bodies Vitals exhibit was a fantastic experience and “must do” for those who are fascinated by the structural anatomy of the human body and those who can handle looking at skinned dead people.
Tickets for adult’s tickets are $22.50, children are $15.50 and seniors, college students, and military are $18.50. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.