Confronted by a simple pinewood coffin and the first full body specimen, visitors are invited to explore their human anatomy like never before – discovering the important cultural and emotional significance of each body system while learning about anatomy and physiology in great detail.
In an old-world room filled with cabinets of curiosity, visitors marvel at the strides made by anatomists and dissectors from Ancient Egypt to 19th century academics, while learning about the most important structure in life – the skeletal system.
It is the first thing we do and (almost) the last thing we do while on the planet – take a breath. Here, amidst inspiring scenic installations, visitors explore the respiratory system, see a striking example of smoker’s lungs, and discover the significance of the breath in religions around the world.
Featuring detailed descriptions of the digestive system, Hunger also features enlightening scenic installations related to our hunting-and-gathering past.
In this simply presented gallery, visitors explore the blood rich matrices within us. Delicate and complex castings of the circulatory system glow in an otherwise darkened room.
Sculptural displays of the muscular system present specimens in active poses while encouraging visitors to take action of their own. From balance to coordination, this gallery tests visitors to see if they’re ready to make a move!
“What are you thinking?” asks this gallery, in no uncertain terms. Displays range from whole brains, opened spinal cords, and even the smallest bones in our body that allow the sense of hearing, in order to illustrate the connectedness of the nervous system.
What Becomes of Us
In this atmospheric transition hallway, visitors have a chance to reflect on the end of life and what it means to “shed this mortal coil.” The transition area culminates in an ossuary-styled chapel replete with skulls and bones. (A perfect place for that unique Vegas wedding!)
Study the reproductive system through full body and organ dissections while learning how the human species’ need to procreate has transformed into commitment, relationship, and love.
In a quiet setting, visitors witness the first stages of life through thoughtfully displayed embryonic and fetal specimens.
Visitors learn how the miracles of modern medicine are making our lives longer and our quality of life better in the final exhibition gallery. It appears that we’re not too far from creating humans who might even live forever!