BODY WORLDS: Pulse Exhibition Overview

BODY WORLDS: Pulse is a convergence of aesthetic anatomy, findings in health and wellness, immersive multimedia, and narrative storytelling. It shows the possibility of living mindfully, with meaning and vitality, by refracting the story of life and self-actualization, through the donors, who have committed to educating future generations.

BODY WORLDS: Pulse shows the science and splendor of the human body, and deconstructs its form and function through the trailblazing science of Plastination invented by anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The exhibition presents the body in health and distress, its vulnerabilities and potential, and many of the challenges the human body faces as it navigates the 21st Century.

More than 200 plastinated specimens -- including 20 whole body plastinates and body configurations, translucent slices, and organs, as well as interactive elements, 3D displays, and other multimedia -- are curated and presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.

The locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, digestive, and reproductive systems are presented in ways previously familiar only to medical practitioners.

The biology and anatomy of the human body, and the continuum of life, are elucidated through anatomical dissections, scenes, and compositions and health lessons.  Visitors are taken on an epic journey of discovery through the human body.

The exhibition addresses the mind-body connection and stress related maladies and diseases, and offers the latest preventive lifestyle information for common disorders and diseases.

BODY WORLDS: Pulse asks visitors to consider the frenetic pace of modern living and its effect on the body and mind, and proposes that living with pulsating vitality can be achieved by embracing healthy lifestyles and living to optimal tempo, neither too fast nor too slow, but to the beat of their own life.

BODY WORLDS Exhibitions rely on body donors to the Institute for Plastination.  The specimens on display originate from individuals who declared during their lifetime that they would like their bodies to be used for the education of future generations through public exhibitions.