Human Anatomy Exhibit at Adrian College

Plastinates will be available to view from February 2-8 in Shipman Library.

ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College is hosting a rare public exhibit of plastinated human anatomy specimens from February 2-10 in the Heritage Room of the Shipman Library. The exhibit will be open to the public.

This collection is comprised of human specimens from the famous Body Worlds organization, The Interactive Museum of Anatomy at The University of Toledo Medical College, and Adrian College’s Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education.

Plastination is an organic materials preservation technique that was invented in the late 1970s by a German Anatomist, Gunther von Hagens. The process became most famous when the Body Worlds anatomy exhibition was first presented in Tokyo in 1995. During the plastination process, human specimens are preserved in plastic without compromising make-up or structure of the tissue.

Over time, the undertones of the Body Worlds exhibits have transitioned to a more “exhilarating and dynamic” display of the marriage between art and science; the exhibits have moved away from presenting human bodies in their “deadness,” toward showing the dynamic human form and celebrating life.

As a result of the Body Worlds organization, medical, dental and veterinary schools began to research the educational potential of using plastinates over formalin-prepared cadavers. Today, many institutions are moving toward the use of plastinates for teaching and research.

Adrian College is one of a handful of institutions in the world to use the Body Worlds specimens for teaching.  This intimate yet fascinating exhibit affords a rare learning opportunity for health care professionals as well as the general public.

The exhibit will be open to the public from February 2 - 8 in the Heritage Room on the campus of Adrian College. The Heritage Room is in the back of Shipman Library and the hours are as follows:

Sunday, Noon-11:00 pm

Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 am-11:00 pm

Thursday, 8:00 am-3:00pm

Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm