Body Worlds 3 Comes to Saint Louis Science Center

September 1, 2007


For the first time ever, the Saint Louis Science Center will bring the acclaimed BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies to St. Louis Octobesr 19 for a limited engagement in the Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®.

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy. BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination—von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, a process he invented in 1977. But von Hagens says the St. Louis exhibition captures the evolution and refinement of his invention to its outer limits.

BODY WORLDS 3 has previously appeared in only two other American cities and one
in Canada. It is the third internationally renowned exhibitions by Dr. von Hagens.

“The purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one, to educate medical students. But the interest that lay people had in the plastinated specimens inspired me to think of creating public exhibition, which was followed by the realization that I had to offer a heightened sense of aesthetics, to avoid shocking the public and to capture their imagination,” said von Hagens.

The striking whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3—people who have donated their bodies for Plastination for the express purpose of educating future generations about health—allow viewers to see inside the staggeringly complex and completely interconnected network of muscles, tendons and blood vessels that make up our bodies. Many of the whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3 will be on display for the first time.

“This educational exhibition will enhance the public’s understanding of the human body in an unprecedented format,” said Doug King, President and CEO of the Science Center. “BODY WORLDS 3 is a transforming experience. Visitors will encounter both the resilience and fragility of the human body. They will discover how a body works when it is healthy and how it breaks down when it is not.”

King said the aesthetic, accessible displays invite contemplation, study and reflection on the power and vulnerability of the human body.

“BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between donor, anatomist and visitor,” said Dr. von Hagens. More than 22 million visitors in 35 cities across Asia, Europe and North America have engaged in the exhibit since its debut in Japan in 1996.

For more information about the exhibition, Plastination or body donation, visit

This limited engagement opens October 19, 2007 in the Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME® at the Saint Louis Science Center. Advance ticket sales began July 19, 2007. Visitors are strongly encouraged to buy advance tickets at or, as record attendance is expected. Each ticket is for entrance into the exhibition on a specific date and time at 30-minute intervals.

For more information and group rates, visit or call (314) 289-4424 or 1-800-456-7572 x 4424.

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day.

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