TAMPA — Bare bones and plasticized muscles. Unmoving eyes and propped-up poses. Some call it educational, others cry creepy. But it's all on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in a new exhibit.
Body Worlds, the original anatomical exhibition featuring human cadavers, is coming to town in January. It's along the lines of a display formerly featured there, Bodies, the Exhibition. But this time, the bodies were willfully donated, said MOSI spokeswoman Shani Jefferson.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday.
"It's a lot different," Jefferson said of Body Worlds compared to Bodies, the Exhibition. "This is a real treat for Tampa Bay residents."
Body Worlds was the first exhibit of its kind, created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, a German doctor who developed the method of preserving body parts by embedding them in plastic. His Institute for Plastination has more than 8,900 registered donors in its database, Jefferson said.
The Bodies exhibit featured at MOSI in 2005 faced controversy when it was discovered that the specimens on display were bodies left unclaimed — not willing donors.
Jefferson would not comment on the earlier exhibit, but reiterated that Hagens' project featured bodies willfully given to his institute. It's the first showing of his work in Florida, she said.
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