OMSI reopens ‘Body Worlds’ and submarine tours

Find out why, and how, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is partially reopening to visitors starting Saturday, June 20 …

After a brief opening in March, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is again available for viewing, at OMSI.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After opening on March 7, and closing down a week later due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) reopened their Pacific Northwest debut of the Gunther von Hagens exhibition BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life on June 20.

“OMSI is reopening to the public, employing the ‘Guidelines for Zoos, Museums, and Outdoor Gardens’, as issued by Oregon Health Authority,” announced the museum’s Communications Manager, John Farmer.

A limited number of guests will be allowed to experience this unique, featured OMSI exhibition each day.

“To meet state requirements and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, OMSI has implemented safety adjustments throughout the museum, including timed entry admissions, heightened cleaning guidelines, and limiting the number of people in the BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibit hall – and also for the USS Blueback submarine tours,” Farmer said.

About the exhibition
This version of BODY WORLDS is different from previous exhibitions hosted by OMSI – in 2007, and again in 2011 – remarked Feature Hall Assistant Manager Jennifer Powers.

“This ‘Cycle of Life’ exhibit presents completely new material and specimens, with the theme of walking visitors through the life cycle of a human being – from prenatal development through old age,” Powers told East Portland News.

OMSI Feature Hall Assistant Manager Jennifer Powers says she’s enthusiastic about the reopening of this new BODY WORLDS exhibition.

More than 100 specimens were curated for this exhibition, showing individual organs and systems, as well as full-body “plastinates” in various poses, including football players and gymnasts in action.

“This is a new way to explore human anatomy, and our lifecycle as human beings; and, it promotes personal introspection of our health and our own life cycle as well,” Powers said.

The exhibit is scheduled to be at OMSI through September 13.

From the smallest organs of the human body, to acrobats in action, this Body Worlds exhibit captures human life, from cradle to grave.

Tickets to the Body Worlds exhibit are additional to the museum’s own admission fee. “We strongly suggest guests buy tickets online, in advance, to avoid disappointment at the box office, and to provide and touch-free ticketing,” recommended Farmer.

For hours, ticket prices and more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

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