Event Review: Bodies Revealed, Liverpool, (Through the Ecco Arena)

Bodies Revealed takes you on a tour of the human body in ways you’ve never seen it before. It’s a showcase of fascinating preserved specimens: ranging from single organs to whole human bodies. Each exhibit is prepared to highlight a specific area of the body, including: the skeleton, the muscles, the nerves, veins and tendons, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the reproduction system and development of a foetus, and how disease effects the body.

Though not for the faint of heart, this exhibit is truly fascinating. It can be a little disconcerting to think that you’re looking at bodies that were once living and breathing, but your awes of wonder overcome the squeamishness. The most memorable parts of the exhibit include the development of the foetus at different stages of pregnancy and the final presentation of the whole human body showcased as a series of cross-sections. However, each section is captivating and gives a grand insight to the inner-workings of the body.

You’re at an advantage, however, if you already know a fair bit about biology. There is an audio tour to purchase, but it’s much more interesting to those with a good grounding in biology knowledge to put into practice spotting what they already know. It would be best suited for those studying medicine, biology or natural science, but it can be a learning experience for any age.

The one thing I was expecting more from the exhibit was a showcase of effects of disease. There were small sections showing examples of different diseases, but I expected a lot more. It might have been interesting, too, to have a little more science around the specimens, showing images of how the systems worked or how the disease caused issues. The space around the specimens just looked blank and empty, I think it would have greatly benefitted to have the walls be a biology picture book, full of interesting facts and discussions around science – though I suppose if they did that, they wouldn’t gain any money from the audio tour.

Overall, the exhibit is truly a spectacle to behold. The price is fairly low and there are plenty of things to see. It was a shame they didn’t have many ways to take the information home with you, as you weren’t allowed to photograph and there were no guidebooks being sold. However, the experience is surely worth it, as it’s something you’ll never see again.

Bodies Revealed is showing through the Ecco Arena (though the exhibet is on Paradise Street in Liverpool One) between the dates: 1st September 2012 – 02 January 2013
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Rating: 9/10


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