Blockbuster BODY WORLDS Exhibition Returning to Science Museum of Virginia—This Time Featuring Animals
Guests Can Explore the Inside of Creatures from Across the Globe
This summer Science Museum of Virginia guests can embark on an anatomical safari and explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures. From goats to giraffes, squids to sharks and octopuses to ostriches, Museum guests will discover the form and function of animals in the touring exhibition “BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” beginning May 5.
Guests will have the unique opportunity to explore what lies beneath the surface of various species – both familiar and rare – using the amazing science of Plastination invented by “BODY WORLDS” creator and anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens.
“This exhibition gives guests a fascinating up-close view of the inner workings of complex biological systems they may know very little about,” said Chief Wonder Officer Rich Conti. “The animal specimens are stunning: dramatic and beautiful at the same time. This is an unforgettable Museum experience that will leave guests with a better understanding of and appreciation for the magnificent creatures on our planet.”
Featuring more than 100 plastinates – from complete bodies to tiny specimens – “ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” reveals how intricate the blood vessels of animals are, what the muscular system and various organs of different animals look like, and how they compare to other animals, including humans.
Highlights of plastinates featured in “ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” include the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe; the rarely seen giant squid; a magnificent bull, with its heart five times the size of a human’s; and a reindeer, with hooves that adapt to the changing seasons.
The exhibition is divided into six areas by biological systems – locomotive, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and urinary/reproductive – to give guests an in-depth look at animals from a rarely seen perspective. By learning about animal anatomy, guests will leave with a new understanding of the amazing beauty of both creatures and humans.
“ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” was designed by Dr. Angelina Whalley, von Hagens’ creative and conceptual designer for “BODY WORLDS,” to inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for the animal world and make people aware of the fragility of nature. She will travel to Richmond for the opening of the exhibition.
“ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” will be on display in the Museum’s Dewey Gottwald Center from May 5 through September 3. The Museum is the only venue in the southeast region of the U.S. currently scheduled to host the show. Tickets for the special touring exhibition are $22.50 for adults, which also includes admission to regular Museum exhibits. Members receive free Museum admission and can explore “ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” for $5. Additional discounts will be available for groups, children, seniors and EBT cardholders.
From May 11 through August 31, the Museum will offer extended hours each Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. to give guests the chance to see “ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” at the reduced, exhibition-only price of $10. All other Museum exhibits will be closed during this time.
To complement “ANIMAL INSIDE OUT,” the Museum is hosting additional animal-focused exhibitions. “Fantastic Fauna,” a Museum-curated exhibition on display May 5 to September 3, celebrates the amazing characteristics and behaviors within the animal kingdom. From May 11 to October 28, the Museum is hosting two exhibitions – “Plants and Pollinators” and “Animal Explorations” – featuring works by Virginia Commonwealth University Scientific and Preparatory Medical Illustration students.
The Museum has also developed a robust summer of animal- and anatomy-themed programing. Live demonstrations, activities and labs will take place daily throughout the Museum. Special programming made possible through partnerships with numerous community organizations, including the Richmond SPCA, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia Department of Health, Henrico County Police Division and Maymont will be held on a regular basis.
A complete listing of complementary exhibitions, events, programming and activities is available at smv.org.
About the Science Museum of Virginia
The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Richmond-based museum is home to three floors of interactive exhibits, The Dome theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and proudly hosts dynamic traveling exhibitions from around the world. Learn more at www.smv.org.
About “BODY WORLDS”
Specimens in “BODY WORLDS” exhibitions have been preserved through Plastination, a process that replaces the natural fluids in the body with reactive plastics that are initially pliable, and then harden after being cured by light, heat or gas. By hardening the plastic in the specimens, they may be permanently preserved in life-like poses. “ANIMAL INSIDE OUT” is made possible by cooperation between various university veterinary programs, zoos and animal organizations. No animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition. Human specimens stem from the Institute for Plastination’s body donation program. To date there are more than 17,000 registered body donors to the Institute, more than 1,300 of them are Americans. For more information, please visit www.bodyworlds.com.
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