Winnipeg, MB (October 17, 2018): Get ready for the best anatomy lesson ever – at the Manitoba Museum. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT presents the fascinating and rare opportunity to see what’s under the skin of more than 100 animal specimens. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT will take visitors on an anatomical safari. Adventurers will experience the intricate biology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures including an octopus, horse, reindeer, bull, camel, ostrich, giraffe, as well as a human. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT opens April 17 and runs to September 2, 2019.
“The ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition offers a truly unique learning opportunity for our community,” says Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director and CEO. “We’re very excited to invite teachers, families, and visitors of all ages to gain a deeper understanding and respect for the creatures with which we share this planet. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT has been thrilling audiences in Europe and the United States and we’re so pleased to present this captivating show to Manitobans.”
With the skin removed from real specimens, animals are preserved through a process called plastination. 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 that of a human specimen.
Invented by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in the 1970s, plastination is a ground-breaking method for halting decomposition to preserve anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. Essentially, water and soluble fat are removed from and replaced with a reactive polymer (silicone rubber, for example).
Dr. Angelina Whalley, designer and curator of the BODY WORLDS exhibition hopes “that visitors will learn more about the anatomy of animals and how each species, large and small, plays an important role on our planet. A visit to the exhibition provides unique insights into the animals’ interiors and opens up a third dimension of experience.”
This highly educational exhibition is designed for all ages and reveals many curiosities about animals. The exhibition is divided into six areas by biological systems – locomotive, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, and urinary/reproductive – to give visitors an in-depth look at animals from a rarely seen perspective. Highlights of the plastinates featured 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.
Please note that no animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition. The specimens used were made with the cooperation of various university veterinary programs, zoos, and animal groups.
About BODY WORLDS – 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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