Bodies The Exhibition Visit

It was something my family wanted to do.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to though.  I almost felt like I would be observing something wrong.  The thought of going made me uncomfortable.  Well, I ended up going anyway.

This past Saturday I took the family to visit the Bodies: The Exhibition gallery.  It was fascinating.  It was more than I imagined.  Actually, viewing the bodies was not something I could accurately imagine.  A text book just doesn’t give the insight I was about to experience.

As we started the walk through the gallery it was really neat.  And weird.  I wasn’t sure how comfortable I was going to be.  I wondered if I could finish the whole thing.  Or if I might rush through and wait for the family.  It got easier.  Some how I got used to looking at deceased people and their parts.  I overheard one man say, after reaching the second room, that he didn’t know if he would be able to finish.

The most fascinating thing was really seeing God’s creation inside and out.  There is nothing as amazing as the human body.  Just how do all of our parts work together?  Of all the things we put our bodies through they still work.  We put our bodies through much physical, mental and medical stress.  They (usually) recover and continuing working.

Seeing hundreds of parts of the body was just incredible.  You get to see the large and small and even those parts you might never see.  It was amazing seeing things like groups of arteries.  Some of them reminded me of sea creatures.  All of these parts of our bodies are contained in what seems to be such a small area.  And they all work together in an incredible way.

It was also interesting seeing what babies look like in the womb.  Seeing this in pictures does not do these babies justice.  You want to really see what babies who are aborted look like?  Well, you can.  They look like what they are, babies.  Persons.  It was a sad thought really.  It might be very informative if your children are old enough to understand.

The coolest part was where you got to see pairs of lungs compared.  A healthy pair versus a smoker’s.  The smoker’s lungs were visibly black.  Between the sets of lungs was a clear box with a small rectangle cut in the top.  That rectangle was so that people could drop in their cigarette packs.  There was a sign behind the box challenging people to quit smoking right then.  There were actually cigarette packs dropped in.

All in all it was a nice visit.  Though still somewhat uncomfortable I recommend going to see this exhibit.  We got to ask some questions at the end.  We were informed that none of the people on display died from violence of any kind.  Their deaths were natural.  The people either donated their bodies to science or they were unclaimed John and Jane Doe’s.  Also, none of the cigarette packs dropped into the box were staged.  They all came from customers.

For what it’s worth…


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1 Jason May 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

If you are ever in the DC area, be sure to make a trip to the Army Medical Museum 🙂

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2 Mark May 26, 2009 at 11:54 am

I will try to do so if I get the chance.


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