BODY WORLDS public forum series:

Delve into BODY WORLDS through the lenses of religion, art, and medicine. Experience the human drama of BODY WORLDS. The Science Museum of Minnesota presents three community forums on topics germane to this internationally acclaimed exhibition. Moderated by Science Museum of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Jolly.

  • Where: 3D Cinema Auditorium at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Cost: $30 per forum (non-members); $22 per forum (members). Includes entry to BODY WORLDS and museum exhibitions. Admission the the forums ONLY is available for $13 (non-members), $12 (members). (Stories Behind Organ and Body Donation is FREE!)
  • REGISTER NOW: (651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444

Religious Views of the Human Body and Soul In and After Death
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Moderated by Science Museum of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Jolly

As science advances, we know more about our bodies and how they work, but there are still questions for most of us about what happens in death and how to treat the dead. Religions offer their own perspectives on whether there is a soul and how it is related to the physical body. Is the soul part of the body or separate; can it be diminished when we remove a limb or an organ? Religious leaders and theologians will help us contemplate and compare the variety of religious belief systems about the body and soul and how BODY WORLDS fit into these schema.

Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel; Paul Wojda, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas; Brother Owais Bayunus, Islamic Center of Minnesota

Stories Behind Organ and Body Donation
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

When you get your driver's license, you have the option to become an organ donor. What's the difference between organ or tissue donation and whole body donation? What really happens to bodies donated to science? The BODY WORLDS exhibition raises the community's awareness about body donation. Organ donors, donors' families, and recipients will share their experiences of receiving donated organs and the personal meaning of donating one's body for science. Guests will be required to reserve a complimentary ticket in advance.

David Lee, Director, Anatomy Bequest Program, Medical School, University of Minnesota; Dr. Frazier Eales, Life Source

Human Body in Art: In the Anatomy Theater/Wrestling with the Real
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Moderated by Science Museum of Minnesota President, Dr. Eric Jolly

Much of the consternation about the touring exhibition, BODY WORLDS, hinges on the "realness" of the bodies on display. This talk will focus on the use of the actual body by artists since the 1940s, highlighting various artistic strategies and the possible cultural meanings of such use of the body. We will examine both the artists' intentions and the responses of the viewing public who in the end are forced to wrestle with the often disturbing reality of the re-contextualized human body.

Michael Gaudio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota; Diane Mullin, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Weisman Art Museum

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What do real lungs look like?

posted on Fri, 05/05/2006 - 11:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Real lungs are a spongy pink tissue, they are located under your ribcage and used for breathing.

posted on Sun, 05/07/2006 - 1:38pm
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Bourgan says:

A real point is: in all honesty, the only part that bothered me was how we looked like MEAT or something. the bodies looked like the chicken i ate last night. so i feel like i learned a lot about me - i think there should have been more WOMEN though.

posted on Wed, 11/08/2006 - 9:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

About halfway through the exhibit, there are plastinids of an adult man, an adult woman, and a child in one case. Were these three people related? Did the child sign a consent form to appear in the ehxibit, or did a parent/guardian sign that paperwork?

posted on Mon, 05/08/2006 - 1:26pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

The producers of the exhibition know that there are great sensitivities about the treatment of the dead. In an effort to enable visitors to more easily absorb the anatomical wonders of the human body, the exhibition's producers have taken the route of "de-personalization" for the specimens so that the news media and the public would not focus on the life of the person on display, but on the exhibition and its educational goals. An element of that process of de-personalization is the separation of the identity of the person from the exhibition. Upon donation, the wishes and the limits of the consent (if any) are transmitted to the plastination facility but without the identity. What we do know about the individuals in the display is that they were not related. The adults were body donors with the Institute for Plastination's Body Donation Program. The child's body was donated to the Institute for Plastination by a hospital anatomy program.

posted on Tue, 05/09/2006 - 11:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

all people do give their bodies willingly.

posted on Tue, 05/23/2006 - 12:14pm
harry potter's picture
harry potter says:

it was totally awsome!

posted on Fri, 05/12/2006 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

its totaly asome ddduuudddee !!!!!!!\r\n\r\n

posted on Fri, 05/12/2006 - 11:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i thought the baby and the mom were cool to be able to look at. i also liked the placenta

posted on Wed, 05/17/2006 - 12:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that the Body Worlds exibit was b e a utiful!!!

posted on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 12:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the body worlds exibit was intersting it was amazing to realize all the diffrent parts we have in our bodies.and how alike we are to the many animals we think would be so much different from us.also many of the peices were art art forms anyway.

The INviSiBle NINJaja

posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 3:25pm
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bibia is an alien says:

i adored the bodyworlds exhibit. it was done so tastefully and artistically that it didnt offend me at all [not that i'm easy to offend or anything]. in all honesty, the only part that bothered me was how we looked like MEAT or something. the bodies looked like the chicken i ate last night. so i feel like i learned a lot about me - i think there should have been more WOMEN though. i was offended by the only male-ness to it all.
the human body [or at least the male one...] is a lot less glamorous than i thought it was.

live long and prosper,


posted on Mon, 06/12/2006 - 3:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that the body worlds was cool in all, but i thought that if u had a big group u could get a discount

posted on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 11:20am
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Chelsea Jessem says:

It is going to be the most exicting exhibit in the museum! good luck!

posted on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 11:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Body World Exhibit is really cool and it shows a lot of things that I never knew our bodies could do or look like. I really like the exhibit.

posted on Tue, 06/27/2006 - 1:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I keep reading how cool this show is. How cool would it be if it was your child, mother, father, brother, husband posing in the show? Science is really cool when it is seen by medical professionals for the purpose of saving lives and not just for gawking. What if this company starts hunting its participants for certain characteristics? Like the child born with an extra arm. How easy it would be with your ticket money and the millions who will visit to drop some dough to see the child's surgery fail. Suddenly, here's a new exhibit for you fiends. Keep gawking because Karma will have you posing for us all soon.

posted on Wed, 06/28/2006 - 7:08pm
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Angeweena Emo says:

i thought that at first it was pretty gross, and in the middle, i thought it was... really gross, and at the end i thought it was really really gross!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 11/08/2006 - 10:48am
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i was so angry that they put dead bodies in here! i almost threw up my lunch! i speak for the angry mothers society of the world. we believe that this exhibit should be taken away. i cant wait until December 3rd!
With all due respest;
an Angry mother
P.S. you all should be ashamed at yourselves for disturbing the DEAD!!!

posted on Wed, 11/08/2006 - 1:21pm
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AnonymousLulu says:

Very educational and very tastefully done..will go back and see it again..

It's just a shell, that your body is people..relax

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 12:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Body Worlds is a must-see for the public. Personally, I am a whole body donor to the Institute for Plastination, and my intention is to promote whole body donation to the public. If my body ends up in a traveling exhibit, or science museum, I would hope that patrons would be inspired by my example to donate their mortal remains for plastination, medical school dissection, scientific research, or organ and tissue transplanation. It would be a tremendous honor to be plastinated in death, and join the gallery of plastinates, educating and enlightening laypersons about the miracle of the human body.

posted on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 8:35am

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