Caution for sensitive viewers

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT features a few human organs and body parts, as well as a male body plastinate with eyes and genitals. Human examples are included to offer a comparison between human and animal anatomy.

See the world’s most spectacular creatures like never before.

October 3, 2015—March 28, 2016

BODY WORLDS creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari with ANIMAL INSIDE OUT. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT contains more than 100 specimens that have been painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr von Hagens. Students will be able to examine the anatomical intricacies of familiar and exotic animals like giraffes, camels and octopuses. This exhibition is an unforgettable way for students to learn about animal science.

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The exhibition explores:

  • Skeletons: from tiny insects to full-grown mammals, most animals have a skeleton of some sort. It could be an endoskeleton, which humans have, or an exoskeleton like that of insects and crustaceans.
  • Muscles, tendons and ligaments: from the large running and leaping muscles of a reindeer, to the specialized muscles of a bull’s heart that pumps the blood and nutrients around its body, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT reveals the intricacy and details of the muscles and ligaments that most animals have.
  • The nervous system: a vast and complex network that connects the brain, spinal cord and all parts of the body. It channels data continuously and transmits commands. The nerve fibres that carry this vital information can be finer than a human hair and invisible to the naked eye.
  • Reproduction: after feeding, reproduction is the most essential activity of an animal. Evolution has developed a number of ways for animals to reproduce.
  • Respiration and digestion: by viewing the lungs and digestive tracts of animals, like the reindeer, we can see how we share the same intricate details of many major organs.
  • Wildlife conservation and preservation: By learning how similar animals and humans are, visitors will be able to gain a new appreciation for the importance of animal welfare.

Additional Resources:

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