1219 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within has been experienced by millions of people worldwide. The exhibition shows over 200 actual human specimen, whole bodies and organs respectfully displayed, offering an unprecedented and entirely unique view into the amazing human body.
Come explore, experience, and celebrate the wonder of the human form at BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within.
Did you ever wonder how the human body is composed and put together?
Have you ever wanted to understand how the conservation process of specimens works?
BODIES 2.0 will get you the answers to both of these questions in a surprising, jawdropping and spectacular way.
Over 4000 years ago, ancient Egyptians started to preserve the human body, and more than 2000 years ago European civilizations began the dissection of human bodies.
This procedure came to be called “anatomy,” which in Greek means to “cut open”. From its early developments in ancient and classical civilizations, anatomy became an important basis of knowledge for medical science.
As an entirely new specialty we make the human body explorable through a virtual reality experience that takes you into the inside of a human body for a closer look at your inner self. You will be amazed!
All tickets include a free Audio / Video Guide to download.
With a virtual reality experience that takes you INSIDE the body in full 360!
So real you won't believe your eyes!
The experience is located at the newly established SANTA MONICA ART MUSEUM in downtown Santa Monica at 1219 Third Street Promenade. There is public transportation available by train and bus in walking distance from their respective stations. Parking garages are less than a few minutes away from the museum.
Opening hours are daily from 10am to 10pm. Changes to opening hours and special events you can find on the website.
BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within offers a free audio/video guide which is included in the ticket price. Guests are able to access the audio/video guide using their own cell phones. It is advised to bring headphones or ear-plugs to avoid distrurbing other guests while on-site. Feel free to download the app for best guide experience.
BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within offers a brand new and unique access to the human body. In virtual reality guests are taken into the human body in a fully immersive way. It is a 7 minute experience using VR headsets nobody should miss. The VR experience is offered at a small extra charge.
We highly suggest to book tickets online to avoid long lines and waiting time. On-site tickets are available upon availability.
The typical time guests should plan for their visit is approximately 45-75 minutes.
BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within is a traveling science exhibit on human anatomy produced by EMS Entertainment. The exhibit educationally and artfully displays approximately 200 actual human Specimen, whole bodies and organs that reveal an enlightening understanding of the human body.
BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within allows people to learn about their own bodiesand, ultimately, teaches them how to take better care of their health and make positive lifestyle choices. The exhibition enables them to see and understand the medical conditions friends and family members face in a whole new way. In addition, BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within offers a brand new and unique access to the human body. In virtual reality guests are taken into the human body in a fully immersive way - a seven minute experience using VR headsets nobody should miss. The VR experience is offered at a small extra charge.
Unlike models that idealize the body through the eyes of an artist, the specimens in this exhibition show the body and its parts as they really exist. Idealized models have been used for many years to teach about the body. They do not, however, allow for any variation in structure or pathologies – which is key in noting how unique our bodies are. As medical students and individuals have less time for the study of anatomy, it is even more important to have these unique specimens to give them both a greater understanding of anatomy and some sense of the variation of the human organism.
The unique method used to preserve the actual human specimens is a process in which the body’s water and fat is replaced with reactive plastics. The polymer plastic is initially pliable, enabling the specimens to be placed in different life-like positions and then hardens after infusions. Organs are identical to their preservation state down to the microscopic level. Polymer impregnated specimens are completely dry and odorless. They present the human body in a dramatic, artful and insightful way.
The brain is the most difficult organ to preserve due to the makeup of the brain, which is primarily composed of lipids (fat) and water. During the process of polymer impregnation, the brain can shrink significantly during dehydration if one is not careful. To manage this problem, the brain is dehydrated in a cold acetone thus better maintaining its original size and shape.
The specimens feel dry to the touch and can be either rigid or flexible, depending on the mix of chemicals used. While guests will be able to get very close to the specimens, as a rule, guests are not allowed to touch them.
The teaching of basic human anatomy and physiology are hallmarks in any child’s education. We recommend that children attend the exhibition with a teacher or parent as an adult guide. We feel strongly that the exhibition can offer a rare family experience: A golden opportunity to open a child’s eyes – and, in a way no textbook ever could, to teach them about the complexities of the human body and the necessity of proper nutrition, regular activity and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoking and alcohol.
The scientific, educational exhibition, BODIES 2.0: The Universe Within was developed and provided by the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation in Hong Kong.
The specimens in the exhibition were provided by various accredited Chinese universities, medical schools, medical institutions, research centers and laboratories to further the goals of the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation which are to promote educational and medical research of the human body.
Acceptance of corpses (via donation by will or donation by the relatives) by the Chinese medical schools is the principle source of obtaining materials for medical anatomy and educational purposes. In China, all donors (or their immediate family members) are clearly told that the donated bodies will be used for medical research and educational purpose. Meanwhile, they are also guaranteed that all of their personal information will be treated as confidential.