“Real Bodies” at the Science Center

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium unveils the mysteries that lie beyond skin deep.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach is exploring the inner workings of the human body in “Real Bodies: The Exhibition,” on display September 28 through April 11.

“Real Bodies: The Exhibition” at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Courtesy of Imagine Exhibitions.

Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, “Real Bodies” illuminates both the art and the science behind the human anatomy—and it doesn’t achieve this through skeletons alone. No, “Real Bodies” features 20 bodies and more than 200 specimens that have been preserved using a process known as polymer preservation, wherein fluids in the body are replaced by a liquid plastic, resulting in a solid specimen that retains the body’s intricate detailing. From 3D organs to sliced sections of the human anatomy, these specimens illustrate the wonder of our bodies.

This exhibition also features a new dive into COVID-19 and the coronavirus’ effect on the body, showcasing the latest available information sourced through emergency medicine physicians and epidemiologists. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how the coronavirus impacts the respiratory system and other vital functions. But this content doesn’t just stop at the body. It looks into how the pandemic has impacted the health care system, including how medical professionals are treating and preventing it. The COVID-19 portion of “Real Bodies” also boasts a short film that depicts the virus’ journey in the human body, as well as 3D-printed models of the virus.

“The human body is a magnificent machine capable of wonderful things, and the exhibition will showcase how amazing anatomy is,” Kate Arrizza, President and CEO of the Science Center, said in a statement. “The new COVID-19 component is an excellent and timely resource that adds value to the educational impact.”

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Click here to learn more about the Science Center’s safety guidelines in preparation for your visit.

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