Museum of Science and Industry

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life

March 18, 2011 - September 5, 2011

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This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, Temporary Exhibit West
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This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.

Revealing the Symphony Within

Your body is a symphony, with millions of finely tuned instruments, playing in perfect concert. As time goes by, age changes the instruments, both by design and in reaction to our own choices. The stunning new exhibit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is your opportunity to peer behind the curtain and see the concert inside yourself as you've never seen it before.

Making its U.S. debut, this new exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens presents the body throughout the human life cycle and across the arc of aging. More than 200 plastinates—real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens' invention, the remarkable process called Plastination—reveal the human body in all its stages, across youth, growth, maturity and advanced age, and in all its conditions, from health to distress to disease.

This new exhibit also features three special perspectives: a look at conception and pre-natal development; a display about sight and vision, including the vision challenges faced by artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas; and a study of the geographic regions where the oldest living people tend to live, and the characteristics they have been found to share.

Visiting BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is an unparalleled experience that will have you thinking and talking about your health, your vitality and the complicated wonder that is the human body.

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Tickets and Times

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is not included in general admission and requires an additional timed ticket. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

This exhibit is open to guests of all ages. A few exhibit panels do briefly discuss the part human sexuality plays in the life cycle and human experience. To ensure an enriching experience for all, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, parent, guardian or school chaperone.

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  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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