Exhibit Shows Marvel of the Body in Motion


Summer often finds humans participate in a wide range of movements like walking, running, swimming, throwing, kicking, and riding bikes. A new exhibit at Discovery Science Place, Tyler, explores the anatomy of all those motions.

The “Bodies Human” exhibit gives an up-close and personal look inside the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and circulatory systems in an extraordinary display of over 100 authentic human specimens. It includes whole bodies, individual organs, and transparent body slices that were preserved through a process of plastination that replaces bodily fluids with reactive plastics.

The exhibit offers a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to see and understand physiology and health and to gain new appreciation and respect for what it means to be human.

The various poses of the bodies illustrate different anatomical features and athletic positions. Among the featured poses are those of a basketball player, discus thrower, and soccer player.

The exhibit also aims to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of poor health, good health and lifestyle choices. A smoker’s tar-coated black lung shows the ravages of smoking while a liver damaged from cirrhosis speaks to the dangers of excessive alcohol intake.  

Open through September 4, the exhibit is appropriate for school groups and visitors ages 13 and up. Responsible adults must accompany children under 13.

Admission is $8 per person, $6 per child 12 and under, and $7 per person for pre-arranged groups. Individual tickets are available at the museum front desk or online at discoveryscienceplace.org.

The museum is located at 308 N. Broadway in downtown Tyler.

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