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Body Worlds Coming to Union Station

Union Station’s latest exhibition explores the human body through preserved human specimens.

The human body has been a source of fascination throughout the ages, and guests to Union Station’s upcoming exhibition will get to see it like never before.

Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life opens to the public May 21, showcasing the wonders of human development with more than 100 preserved human specimens—including 14 whole-body plastinates—that demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health.

All specimens presented are preserved through Plastination, an advanced scientific technique invented by pioneering anatomist Hagens that allows specimens to be preserved indefinitely for educational purposes in teaching institutions as well as exhibitions.

“Union Station is committed to bringing science education to the community and that’s exactly what this world-class exhibition does,” George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station, said in a statement. “With great purpose, we searched out the world’s leading educational resource. Body Worlds does a brilliant, beautiful and impactful job of delivering enriching content. And, they do it with the greatest respect for all involved. Visitors to Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life will be profoundly informed and motivated to consider the health of their bodies in life-changing ways.”

In the exhibition, designed by Body Worlds’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, visitors will follow the human body through the span of time and learn about the latest findings in anatomy, longevity and health. One of the most-visited exhibitions in the world, it’s been experienced by more than 40 million people across four continents.

Ticket prices range from $14 to $21.95 for general admission. Tickets are available for purchase at the Union Station Box Office and online at unionstation.org/cycleoflife.