My little brother Nick and I rarely have time to bond, so we decided to hit the road to Portland and check out OMSI’s latest exhibit: Bodyworlds 3. I would highly recommend this exhibit to both science lovers and those who are interested in learning more about the human body, because you will truly be wowed by what you see.


Bodyworlds 3 contains a combination of full-sized bodies, individual organs and bones, as well as transparent body slices. I thought it was fascinating to see the way muscles change in the human body when they flex and contract- especially during sports such as soccer, gymnastics and dance.

I found many aspects of this exhibit appealing- especially those that showed how the body is affected by different illnesses. For example, I was able to see the difference between a normal knee and a knee with arthritis, and a regular-sized spleen versus an enlarged spleen.

I was fascinated most by the full body portion of the exhibit, as it made me realize how intricate and detailed the human body is. I appreciated seeing all the muscles and bones of the face, because I could see a definite difference in each person’s facial features. I haven’t ever seen anything quite so unique.

In addition to human bodies, this exhibit also contained a full-sized adult camel, along with a baby camel. It was very interesting to see the size difference between these animals and humans, as well as the layout of their organs in relation to a human.

Before you leave Bodyworlds 3, be sure to watch the video near the exit of the exhibit. You will have the chance to see how bodies are prepared and preserved for this project. It brings the entire exhibit full-circle.

OMSI is a great place to bring a group of friends, or the entire family (Bodyworlds 3 is recommended for children ages 10 and up). While Bodyworlds 3 is incredibly educational, I would recommend leaving your little ones at home, as ages 10 and under may not fully comprehend the displays included in this exhibit.

When asked about his experience at OMSI, my twelve-year-old brother replied, “It was cool to see the things we study in school up close. I had a great time”.

This exhibit will take place at OMSI through October 7, 2007. BODY WORLDS tickets are “timed tickets,” valid only for specified admission date and time. A limited number of walk-up tickets may be available for sale in the box office the day of your visit. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your ticket time. Visit www.omsi.edu for a list of ticket prices.

For more information on Bodyworlds 3, please visit OMSI. You may also find additional museums in our Attractions section.

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