Located in downtown St. Paul, the Science Museum of Minnesota serves more than one million visitors each year with its hands-on exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. Medtronic is a corporate sponsor of its latest exhibit, Body Worlds.

The original BODY WORLDS exhibit, which debuted in St. Paul in 2006, was the most powerful-and most popular-exhibition in Science Museum of Minnesota history. The exhibit has been seen by more than 36 million people around the world.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is all new and different. In this themed exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, you'll learn the story of the body throughout the human life cycle and across the arc of aging. This exhibit features more than 200 authentic human specimens, including entire bodies as well as individual organs and transparent body slices, in various stages of the life cycle and stages of health. Using a process called plastination, the specimens are preserved with special plastics that enable us to view the many layers and systems under the skin.

-Some of the most talked about items are the individual full-body plastinates in various action poses, including a skateboarder, a ballet dancer, a woman executing a yoga pose, and even two male hockey players.

-And also powerful is the section talking about how Alzheimer's alters the physical landscape of the brain and the comparison between a healthy brain and a brain with this devastating disease.

Hurry! It will be gone soon.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life

is only at the Science Museum of Minnesota through May 5, 2013You can purchase tickets online, by phone or at the door. Peak times can sell out and to avoid a long wait in line, reservations are highly recommended and can be made by phone or through the website,

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