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Animal Inside Out

OPENS April 17, 2019 AND RUNS TO September 2, 2019

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT has thrilled audiences across the globe. Hear what visitors in Chicago had to say:

 

See the world’s most spectacular creatures like never before!

Explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large and small in this fascinating new exhibition by BODY WORLDS creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT takes visitors on an anatomical safari of more than 100 specimens. Each animal is painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr. von Hagens.

From goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches, visitors will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar. Highlights of plastinates featured in ANIMAL INSIDE OUT include the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe, and 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.

Animal biology textbooks spring to life in this unforgettable museum learning experience. This highly educational exhibition is designed for all ages and reveals an in-depth look at animals from a rarely seen perspective.

The ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition explores:

  • Skeletal foundations: From tiny insects to full-grown mammals, most animals have a skeleton of some sort, whether it is an endoskeleton which humans have or the exoskeleton of insects and crustaceans.
  • Muscles, tendons and ligaments: From the large running and leaping muscles of a reindeer to the specialized muscles of a bull’s heart pumping blood and nutrients around the body, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT reveals how most animals have muscles.
  • Internal circuit of the nervous system: The nervous system is a vast and complex network connecting the brain, the spinal cord and all parts of the body, channeling a constant flow of data and sending out commands. The nerve fibers that carry this vital information can be finer than a human hair and are invisible to the naked eye.
  • The birds and the bees: After feeding, reproduction is the most essential of all an animal’s activities, and evolution has developed a vast number of different ways for animals to reproduce.
  • Breathing and eating: The lungs and digestive tracts of animals, such as the reindeer, reveal the intricate detail of some of the major organs in the body, many of the characteristics of which we share with them.
  • Wildlife conservation and preservation: By learning how similar animals and humans are visitors will be able to gain a new appreciation for the importance of animal welfare.

PLEASE NOTE: No animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition. Animal specimens in ANIMAL INSIDE OUT are made possible through cooperation with various veterinary programs, zoos, animal groups and private donations.

For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.animalinsideout.com

CAUTION FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS — this exhibition contains real human and animal specimens, which explain the various systems of the body, including the reproductive system.

 

About  BODY WORLDS: Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, are honoured to be able to conserve and present these biological wonders of nature for anatomical study. They hope that this exhibition will show guests the similarities between humans and animals, which will lead to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals.
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been seen by more than 47 million visitors across 130 cities around the world.  The exhibitions rely on an established body donation program, managed by the Institute for Plastination.  Plastination allows for the permanent preservation of anatomical specimens without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. For more information, please visit www.bodyworlds.com


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