BODY WORLDS Vital - An anatomy lesson your students will never forget!
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS is the original anatomical ‘health & wellbeing’ exhibition seen by more than 45 million people in over 120 cities. Between April - July 2018, it is coming to New Zealand for the first time ever!
Millions of school aged students around the globe have visited the exhibition, which provides a first-hand experience for students to get up close with real preserved human bodies and body parts, to learn about anatomy and the choices we can all make for better health and wellbeing.
BODY WORLDS Vital use modern plastination technology as a tool to enhance the study of human anatomy. Students will learn how a healthy body works as well as the effects of lifestyle choices. For instance, they can see the effects of smoking on the lungs, and how muscles work together during exercise.
The BODY WORLDS Vital school tour traditionally takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on the curriculum or focus of your school. Tours are held for students ages 8 and above. It is recommended children under the age of 8 are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Which systems will be covered:
- locomotive/muscular system
- nervous system
- respiratory system
- cardiovascular system
- digestive system
- endocrine / urinary system
Learn how disease and ageing affect these systems.
FREE Educator preview tours
Teachers and educators can access further information by attending one of the free educator preview tours, which will be conducted between 4-5pm on the dates below. Click the button below to register.
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|15 May||17 May|
In addition to the above:
- School Group pricing of $10 per student (ages 8-17)
- FREE admission for teachers accompanying school groups of 10 students or more (ratio 1:10)
- Maximum of 80 visitors per session (combination of students and teachers/guardians). Should your group exceed 80, bookings can be made on the next session on the same day.
- FREE BODY WORLDS Educator Guides and Family Guides to facilitate interactive learning
- Life Education Trust school resources to aid teachers preparing to attend the exhibition
Don’t miss the opportunity to give your students an authentic learning experience like no other! We look forward to hosting you and your students at BODY WORLDS Vital.
Helpful resources to plan your visit
Plan your visit by downloading these BODY WORLDS resources. These guides have been specially designed for teachers and students of all ages as well as parents and families.
Important information to know about BODY WORLDS Vital
The Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions rely on the generosity of body donors: individuals who bequeathed that, upon their death, their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the exhibition. All the full-body plastinates and specimens are from these body donors. All body specimens are without skin so you can see the bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels and organs underneath. Eyes and genitals of the bodies remain. Written descriptions accompany all specimens.
Plastination is a process that replaces the natural fluids in the body with a type of flexible plastic. The use of plastics for preservation means that the specimens are odourless and completely dry. Plastination allows the bodies to be fixed into life-like poses, illustrating how our bodies are structured and how they function when performing everyday activities.
School groups of all ages are welcome to the exhibition. Children under the age of 8 years should be accompanied by a parent / guardian. We believe parents know their own children best and must assess the students’ maturity for this exhibition.
Teachers are responsible for distributing and collecting parental permission forms. By entering the exhibition with your student, you are acknowledging that all of your students have parental permission to view the exhibition. We will not review permission forms, it is not necessary to bring the completed forms on your visit.
It is recommended that teachers prepare students for their visit by reviewing the Educator Guide.