April 10, 2008
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BODYWORLDS2 Welcomes 100,000th Visitor
The Maryland Science Center welcomed the 100,000th visitor to Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies & The Brain: Our Three Pound Gem on Monday, April 7, 2008, an unprecedented 66 days since the opening of the exhibition. A group of 27 students from the STARS (Science Technology And Research Scholars) program at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland, were greeted with television cameras, balloons, gifts and a special ceremony as they entered the exhibition as the 100,000th “visitor.”
Each student received free admission to the BODY WORLDS 2 exhibit, as well as a three-month membership to the Maryland Science Center from Senior Director of Marketing Christopher Cropper.
BODY WORLDS is the acclaimed exhibition of real human body specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination. At the Maryland Science Center, more than 20 whole bodies presented in unique and insightful poses offer visitors an in-depth view of the intricately designed human body, while plastinated individual organs and transparent body slices reveal comparative anatomy focusing on wellness and disease. The exhibition displays the anatomy, physiology and effects of lifestyle choices on the human body and has attracted more than 25 million visitors worldwide.
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original, precedentsetting public anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies and the only anatomical exhibits that use donated bodies, willed by donors for the express purpose of serving BODY WORLDS’ mission to educate the public about health and anatomy through Plastination. To date, more than 8,000 people have agreed to donate their bodies to BODY WORLDS for Plastination and for educational use in the exhibits.
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies & The Brain: Our Three Pound Gem is presented in Baltimore by LifeBridge Health. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an associate sponsor.
The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and tickets, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.
About the Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor is visited by more than 500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with more than a dozen full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; an exploration of the day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton's Alley. Other popular attractions in the museum include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.