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Anchorage Museum confirms Alaska's first 'Body Worlds' exhibition



“Body Worlds Vital” on view Sept. 28 through Jan. 6, 2013 at the Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum will bring the worldwide phenomenon “Body Worlds” to Alaska in September. “Body Worlds” — a series of touring science exhibitions that features real human bodies — has attracted more than 33 million visitors worldwide.

Body Worlds Vital” will be on view Sept. 28 through Jan. 6, 2013 at the Anchorage Museum. This is the first “Body Worlds” exhibition in Alaska.

“This is one of the most in-demand traveling exhibitions in the world, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to Anchorage,” said Anchorage Museum Director and CEO James Pepper Henry. “It’s an important part of our mission to make top-tier touring exhibitions accessible to Alaskans.”

This awe-inspiring exhibition educates visitors about anatomy, physiology and health through a series of whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. Displays present the most current information about common diseases, the effects of tobacco use, and the mechanics of artificial body parts. By juxtaposing healthy and diseased organs, the exhibition also encourages healthy lifestyle choices.

Highlights of the exhibition include an aerobatic couple posed in an overhead lift to display the muscular system.

Bodies donated to “Body Worlds” are preserved through a groundbreaking process called plastination. Invented by scientist Gunther von Hagens, plastination halts decomposition and preserves anatomical specimens for educational purposes. 

The Anchorage Museum will announce ticket prices and an on-sale date soon.


Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds” is the original anatomical exhibition series. It displays authentic human bodies, willed by donors and preserved through plastination. The series is designed to educate the public about the human body and increase health awareness. Learn more at www.bodyworlds.com.


The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 mostvisited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

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