Have you ever asked yourself, “Oh how I wish there was a place that could show me how crazy strong the human body is?” Lucky for you (and me), there is such a place! In So Cal! Buena Park to be exact! Enter BODIES The Exhibition!
Fair warning – I’m posting some of the many photos I took. They are pretty graphic.
I’m giving you an out. If you are queasy about seeing the innards of the human body, I think you should stop now. Click on this link for other kinds of hot bodies – it’s a link toÂ some of my favorite male celebrities on my Pinterest page.
The Bodies exhibit shares the old Movieland Wax Museum space with the new Titanic: The Experience exhibit. (That post is coming up!) The space is now known as the Premier Exhibition Center, right on Beach Blvd. For those of you who don’t like to be up early and have problems, behold, there is a Starbucks on the same lot!
So let me tell you about having problems. After meeting the PR team, I literally ran into a floor-to-ceiling glass window, trying to exit to take the exterior shot (above). No, really. I left part of my makeup on that window, and my face made a loud sound like “Boooong!” It was embarrassing as everyone stopped what they were doing and stared. Kudos to everyone being classy and not pointing and laughing. Even the constructions workers didn’t laugh in my face. Here is said window:
Face numb, makeup half gone, the show must still go on. There are over 200 human bodies and parts featured at this exhibition. You get to see inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory, and other systems of the human body UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. You should be fascinated by your body. You should be educated about what your body can and can’t do.
I ran in to Karen of A Peek at Karen’s World, and we were greeted by Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director for the Bodies exhibit. Dr. Glover explained that the exhibit’s goals are to educate the public on our bodies as well as to understand our bodies to make better decisions to CARE about our bodies. As he likes to say,”The body never lies.”
I asked him where they got the bodies to showcase them in these exhibits. I mean, would YOU volunteer your body when you’re gone? I also asked Dr. Glover how the preservation process works. (When am I ever going to learn about this, evarrrr? This old lady is not in school anymore.)
These bodies in the exhibit are received by medical schools. They’ll embalm them (take blood out and put in a mild fluid to preserve them). Then they clear out the embalming fluids with water for about 2-3 days. Then, oh you lovely fake breasted women of Orange County and Beverly Hills will love this – they put liquid silicone (and acetone) in the body, mix that solution up with water, and pull a vacuum to remove the air. As they start to dry, the team begins to adjust the bodies into positions for exhibition. They’ll apply a catalyst ON the bodies (mist and wipe) to make them stiff. They’ll wrap them like a mummy to keep the bodies in the right position. The muscles are not pink during the process – they are painted on to show visitors, to make them more visible. It can take more than a year to prepare a body and get it ready for exhibit. Voila. BODY.
These guys here are called the “Two Brothers.” They’re not really brothers but muscles and bones of the same body. RIGHT?!?? Friggin’ cool. I have to admit, at first, I was waiting for one of these bodies to come alive and hack my face off. I have seen way too many horror movies with flesh being melted off and bodies being reanimated to kill people. My imagination ran a little wild. Needless to say, I’m glad Dr. Glover and Karen were around.
Oh oh, as you know, I’ve been weight lifting over the summer. Did you know that you don’t add muscle fibers to your body? When you lift weights (for example), you are straining your muscles – ie. you are tearing your muscles. Your muscles are then compensating for the damage you just put on them by enlarging and strengthening itself. *lightbulb moment* So, in essence, I’m straining the bejeezus out of my biceps, triceps, and butt muscles, and enlarging them but I’m not adding more muscle fibers to them. Ya hear that, Rock?
Throughout the exhibit are factoids about your body. Did you know that a pack of cigarettes takes 3 hours and 40 minutes OFF your life?Â Stop smoking, you idiots. In fact, you can leave your pack of ciggies in the receptacle at the exhibit! Yes, there is a place for you to dump them.
Sidenote: It’s too bad the Bodies exhibit doesn’t show you how douchey you look smoking a cigar too. But trust me, I speak the truth – y’all look like douchebags. All.of.you.
As you continue along the exhibit, you’ll walk past bodies that are showcased in different ways – some highlight just the muscles, some highlight the brain and its connections, other highlight the lungs or circulatory system.
The brain’s left cerebral hemisphere is the center of logic and language. The right cerebral hemisphere governs artistic ability. Which side do you think you’re more dominant?
I appreciate this sign. There is a portion of the exhibit showcasing fetal development. If you are queasy or uncomfortable about seeing fetuses, you can totally skip over this by detouring to the next exhibit. It’s like Ikea – you can just follow another arrow.
Drinkers. These are the blood vessels of your liver. I’ll leave it at that. You know that 4th drink you just had? You’re not doing any favors to your body.
Are you more of a hands-on type of person? There are docents who are stationed at touch booths. You can get up close and personal with body parts like a brain or hip bones. The team there can help you sort out what you’re looking at and touching. If you have children, this would be a neat place to chat with your kids about health and you know, not eating so much crap food.
I found myself re-invigorated to learn more about my own body. I felt like I was in junior high again, re-learning how much work my body has to churn to get me moving, to get my blood circulating, to carry THIS MUCH WEIGHT.
Here, at the Bodies exhibit, these bodies don’t lie. They’re trying to tell a story to you and to remind you to take care of the one body you own.Â Their motto could be “Don’t be an a-hole to your own body. Treat it right.”
Dr. Glover had the right idea – this exhibit totally made me think about taking care of my body better.
So you ask, “Chris, when should I go? How much are tickets?” Here is the info:
Tickets: $16.75 – Adults; $12.75 – Kids (3-11); $14.75 – Seniors; $14.75 – Military; and $9 – School groups (K-12).
The exhibit runs through 2014, so you have more than a year to visit. But I recommend you plan your visit soon so you don’t have to deal with busses of schoolchildren up in your grill.
While you’re there, you might want to consider getting the combo ticket (includes Titanic). That post is coming up. It’s a better deal to buy the combo ticket and spend the day there. Afterward, after you’ve been edu-ma-cated, you can head over to my go-to Buena Park restaurant, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner, for a… chicken dinner!
Big thanks to the Bodies: The Exhibition team and the PR team for inviting me to the media preview, back in late July. And super big thanks for Dr. Glover spending so much time with me and answering all of my questions.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend to the media preview event. I came, I saw, I took pictures, and now I’ve written an honest recap of my day there. All opinions my own. I mean who else is going to admit she was waiting for bodies to come alive to kill her? Duh.Â