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‘Body Worlds: Vital’ debuts at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Nov. 22

Posted by Meghan Colloton  November 20, 2013 04:06 PM

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Ever wanted to take a peek inside the human body? “Body Worlds: Vital” is heading to its exhibition space in Boston, located on the second floor of Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, on Friday, Nov. 22.

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this exhibit is the only one of its kind: its specimens are actual preserved human bodies, donated by more than 12,000 people from around the world to Dr. von Hagens’s Institute for Plastination after their deaths.

More than 200 specimens and 15 whole-bodies that have been preserved through a process known as plastination will be on display, giving visitors an under-the-skin view of the body in various stages of health, distress, and disease. The exhibit strives to educate visitors on how to defeat illness and disease, from cancer to diabetes to heart problems, according to its website. It will feature similar specimens seen at “Body Worlds 2,” an exhibit that ran for six months in 2006-2007 at Boston's Museum of Science.

“Body Worlds: Vital”'s debut coincides with the Museum of Science’s new biology exhibit – “Hall of Human Life” – which allows visitors to provide their own health information through digital media and personal interaction to learn more about the human body.

Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 2nd Floor above Food Hall, 4 South Market Street. 866-276-9458. $22.50 for adults, $15.50 for children 3-12, free for children under 2. Tickets available at Quincy Market box office or at www.bodyworldsboston.com

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