What happens when people donate their body to science? What does the inside of the human body actually look like? Is smoking really that bad for you? We’re answering these questions by diving deep and examining real human bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs at the California Science Center, BODY WORLDS: Pulse – the largest Body Worlds exhibition of the decade.

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BODY WORLDS: PULSE shows the form and function of the human body, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century. – Dr. Angelina Whalley, Director of the Institute for Plastination and creative and conceptual designer of the exhibition.

BODY WORLDS: Pulse brings together anatomy and the latest health and wellness findings in a visually compelling, highly entertaining and informative exhibition. More than 200 specimens are “frozen in time” by plastination, a process that halts decomposition of the body, making it possible to study the human form. Bodies are preserved in life-like poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements.

Below are displays of the six main systems of the human body: the nervous system, cardiovascular system, locomotive (musculoskeletal) system, respiratory system, digestive system and the reproductive system.

WARNING!! Below are photos of authentic human bodies. Please view with discretion.
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The Respiratory System

The Up in Smoke section displays a non-smoker lung, a smoker’s lung, a smoker’s lung with emphysema and a smoker’s lung with cancer.

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Non-smoker’s lungs

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california science center body worlds pulse

The Digestive System

Here, we explore the digestive process, stomach, intestinal tract muscles, and obesity.

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california science center body worlds pulse
california science center body worlds pulse

The Locomotive Section

Also known as the musculoskeletal system, reveals how our muscles function to produce fluid movement.

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Football Gladiators

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california science center body worlds pulse

california science center body worlds pulse

Tai Chi Man

The Cardiovascular System

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Coronary Heart Disease

The Nervous System

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The Reproductive System

Human embryos, fetuses and a pregnant woman showing the development of life in the womb displayed in this section. This section is optional. Children under 17 years admitted with parent or adult guardian.

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About BODY WORLDS:
The specimens presented in Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibition stem from the Institute for Plastination’s body donation program. To date, there are more than 16,000 registered body donors to the Institute, with more than 1,300 of them Americans, 297 from California. BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been presented to more than 44 million people around the world. Dr. Gunther von Hagens is the pioneering anatomist and inventor of Plastination.

Ready for BODY WORLDS: Pulse?

BODY WORLDS: Pulse opens to the public Saturday, May 20th at the California Science Center and is supported by a grant from the UniHealth Foundation – a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities within its service area.

Through the authenticity of the specimens on display, our visitors will experience the wonder of the real human body and marvel at its elegance and complexity. Jeffrey Rudolph, CEO and president of the California Science Center.

Guests can purchase tickets online at: https://californiasciencecenter.org/visit/admission/body-worlds-admission

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