Posted June 29, 2009
Arts & Culture

Human Bodies Revealed in Waterloo Region

Museum announces next transformative Exhibition

Kitchener – Following the highly successful, original art exhibition, Andy Warhol’s Factory 2009, The Children’s Museum is announcing its next captivating exhibition set to open January 2010.

Our Body: The Universe Within is an examination of the human body as never before seen in Waterloo Region – with the use of real human body specimens. Many of the whole body specimens are dissected in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities and give them the opportunity to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems. This exhibition, which serves to educate and entertain, will enlighten youth and adults alike to understand the complexities of OUR BODY.

The Exhibition, which features 20 polymer-preserved human bodies and more than 200 organs and partial body specimens, will take viewers through an unforgettable journey of the human body to provide an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems clearly shows how lifestyle choices directly affect our health.

“Bringing Our Body: The Universe Within to The Museum will serve this community by offering yet another opportunity for a unique learning experience with transformative qualities,” said David Marskell, The Museum’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s a way for people to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the human body – and the scientific methods behind its study.”

To complement the specimens on display, The Children’s Museum plans to tailor additional exhibits and programming to accommodate and appeal to a wider range of people in and around The Region. The Museum’s existing and highly successful Kids in Motion (KIM), developed in partnership with the University of Guelph’s Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, is a curriculum based program that teaches primary students about healthy living with the help of a life sized mascot KIM, who has removable organs.

It is The Museum’s intention to partner with area hospitals, universities, health food outlets, physical education organizations and other related health conscious companies and institutions in order to provide a well rounded show. The Exhibition coincides with Canada hosting the winter Olympics in Vancouver and thus provides the opportunity to offer programming around a physical education component, connecting health, the human body and athleticism.

A portion of the revenue generated by the Exhibition’s audio tour guides will be donated to area hospitals.

Our Body: The Universe Within, scheduled to open in January 2010, will utilize the entire third and fourth levels, making it the largest mounted show ever to be shown at The Museum. The opportunity to host OUR BODY adds to The Museum’s cross generational appeal and creates an experiential, shared learning opportunity that combines leading edge art, science and technology.

Our Body: The Universe Within follows the technology based GPS Adventures and art based Woldemar Neufeld: Stories Best Told, both which open at The Museum this fall and run until late December.

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