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Body Worlds returns to OMSI

by: David F. Ashton The displays give visitors much to talk about both during and after their visit. Perhaps in this case they are discussing baseball.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, opened its latest featured exhibition, Gunther von Hagens' 'Body Worlds and The Brain' on Thursday, October 20. It's your chance to get an anatomy lesson unlike one you're likely to see elsewhere.

This oddly fascinating exhibition of authentic human specimens - preserved entire bodies, individual organs, and transparent body slices - made history four years ago at the museum, drawing some 400,000 visitors during its four-month run at OMSI in 2007.

'This exhibit presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the anatomy of the human body, both its resilience and fragility,' said OMSI President Nancy Stueber at the grand opening press conference.

'The exhibit also conveys important health messages that OMSI, and our partner OHSU, believe will positively impact the lifestyle choices of many who see the exhibit.'

New in this version of the exhibition is the focus on neuroscience research on brain development, performance, disease, and disorders.

While many of the 33 million people who have seen the exhibition worldwide consider the displays to be respectful, aesthetic, and often very moving, the human bodies, preserved through von Hagens' Plastination process, are stunningly graphic and may not be suitable for everyone.

OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, a short distance north of the new McLoughlin Boulevard viaduct. Look for the big red tower and the OmniMax dome on the Willamette River waterfront.

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BODY WORLDS and The Brain

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

Tickets: $25.00/adults, $20.00 for students and seniors, $17.00/children.

More information: www.omsi.edu - or 503/797-4000

OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Avenue