An up-close and personal look at the inner workings of the human body has arrived.
Called Our Body: The Universe Within, this exhibit is now open at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Using 12 human bodies and over 200 organs, this exhibit artistically takes viewers through each system of the body on a muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular level.
Melinda Velasquez, marketing coordinator for the South Florida Science Center, said the cadavers were provided by the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation in Hong Kong, and all specimens consented to provide their body for science.
"We are thrilled to host this exhibit at the South Florida Science Center because we have been diligently researching and tracking it for over five years now," Velasquez said. "Its massive success and attention was difficult to ignore."
When it comes to preserving the bodies for display, Velasquez said a revolutionary process was used called polymer impregnation.
"[It’s] a process that replaces the body’s water and fat with reactive plastics...the bodily fluids are replaced with liquid and are then hardened to create a solid, durable anatomic specimen that will last indefinitely." Velasquez said.
Megan Bennett, a West Palm Beach resident who attended Our Body, said the exhibit opened her eyes to how complex the human body is.
"Seeing how intricate and detailed every inch of our body is really blew my mind," Bennett said. "From the smallest nerve, everything just seems to work together so beautifully to put together who we are as a whole."
Jennifer Rodriguez, also a West Palm Beach resident, agreed with Bennett.
"Realizing that all of these organs and tissues on display are working inside of myself right now is an amazing thing to think about," Rodriguez said. "There is so much going on beneath the skin that we don't usually get to see. I would definitely recommend this experience to others."
The exhibit will be open until April 23, 2017 and is the last showing here in the United States.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $16.95 for adults.
For more information, visit www.sfsciencecenter.org/our-body-universe-within or call (561) 832-1988.
*Photos courtesy of West Palm Beach Magazine and Our Body: The Universe Within.