For those who’ve ever wondered what the inside of the human body looks like, Real Bodies at Bally’s needs to be on your to-do list. An intriguing, educational museum-style attraction comprising 11 galleries, the comprehensive exhibit provides the exceptional opportunity to view more than 20 real human specimens up close.
The bodies have been carefully and respectfully preserved with a revolutionary scientific method called polymer preservation, or plastination, which stops the natural breakdown and decomposition of the body postmortem.
In this process, a team of experts dissect the cadaver to reveal specific anatomical structures and systems. The specimen is then submerged in acetone to withdraw all the bodily fluids and after being fully dehydrated, it’s put into a silicone polymer bath and sealed within a vacuum chamber.
Under the vacuum pressure, the polymer displaces the acetone and penetrates the specimen’s deepest cellular levels. Once the silicone polymer hardens, the specimen is permanently preserved with its structures intact.
Guests will marvel at the numerous well-designed Real Bodies’ displays as they wind their way through the extraordinary exhibit. The anatomical functionings of the physical human form as well as each of the complex systems of the inner body, its organs and its physiology can be explored in thought-provoking detail. Explaining each display is easy-to-understand signage that gives insight into the biological, medical, historical, cultural and emotional context of the human body.
Recently new to the exhibit’s galleries is Covid-19 science-based information that illustrates how each of the body’s systems responds to the virus and what the overall impact of it is on the body.
–Carla J. Zvosec
Bally’s, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (last entry 7 p.m.), $29.50 adults, $19.50 children; realbodiesatballys.com