Why is it when you pass a car accident, you have to look? And what are you really looking for, how much damage happened to a car that’s not yours? To see if you recognize any of the people standing to the side, chatting with the cops? Or what if it’s a really bad accident? You know the one where they have the road blocked off? You know someone died, but you can’t help but look and wonder. I know I also try to peek through everything and hopefully catch a glimpse of a body. Well, I can tell you of a place where you can go and see actual dead bodies. With body parts, and the insides exposed to the world.
I went and visited the Our Body The Universe Within at the Detroit Science Center. This is an exhibit that moves around from city to city. It’s here in Detroit, Michigan until to May 28. If you live in the surrounding area I would highly recommend going. If not, take a road trip, or when it comes to your city, you have to go. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you’ll never forget it.
It’s an exhibit displaying actual human bodies. They are on display to show you what the inside of your body looks like. From being sliced in half or numerous parts, skinless, and boneless, it definitely gives you a new appreciation for how your body functions and works with out you even being aware of it.
Before entering the exhibit, I saw the IMAX Dome Theatre movie, entitled The Human Body. I suggest seeing that before entering the exhibit. The movie focuses on how from the moment you wake up how much your body works. They show you things with the use of a special camera so that you can see it, in living people. If your like me and a bit squeamish about blood, you only have to close your eyes (or at least I had to) in a couple parts. It’s really interesting to see and you’ll definitely leave the theatre, with more knowledge and appreciation about yourself.
Then it was time for the exhibit. There are 20 complete human bodies that are displayed in different variations. 20 different ways of showing you how your body looks on the inside. Also, there are approximately 200 other body parts that are separated from the body so you can examine it closely by itself the see where it fits in the body, by looking at the complete body. The first section is looking into the skeletal system. So you see a complete body that is showing you a skeleton, and then you see the separate bones in showcases so you can see the beauty in each separate bone, then see how they all fit together.
The way the exhibit it set up, is beautiful. It’s very dark, and there are black backgrounds, and table cloths. And then the body and the parts have lights on them, so it really stands out. It’s also a very quiet setting. People are in there own thoughts and are independently viewing the bodies, so it’s almost relaxing to look at. You have to make sure you go at a good time. There are a lot of schools that go for a field trip, so if you go during the week I would go at around 2 or so, when school is almost over. Also the weekends can be really busy, so I would wake up early and go. You can also purchase tickets online, so that it’ll save you time rather than waiting in line to purchase them there, this way you can basically just walk in.
This is a once in a lifetime experience. Until now, the general public hasn’t been allowed to see human bodies like this. That’s why it’s important you go. Now you can see it and appreciate you existence and how well put together you are. You will walk away not the same person you were when you entered. It makes you think about life in a whole new perspective, and notice how much of yourself and daily routine you take for granted.