The Bodies Exhibit Exposed

Another post this week but I couldn't resist. I know many of you know about the Bodies Exhibit but for those who don't, it is a fascinating exhibit of preserved, skinless bodies. You are able to see the intricate workings of real human bodies from the inside out. The exhibit, according to the museum, is made up of people who have voluntarily donated their bodies to the exhibit for educational and artistic purposes. More info can be found here.

Anyway, I just read that some people have had problems with the exhibit, claiming that some of the bodies weren't truly donated as posted. According to this report, many of the bodies on exhibit are those of Chinese prisoners that have been tortured or executed. Other bodies are those of the poor, unclaimed or unidentified. It even goes as far as to suggest that there are actually factories that "find" bodies and preserve them for the shows.

I found this disturbing and really hope it not to be true. I have long promoted the show and even talked some of my fellow bloggers into going with me a year or so ago.


Mr. Jones June 09, 2008 8:02 AM  

Is this the same thing as the "Body Works" exhibit that's been touring the country? I saw it when I was in Miami and it's currently at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. It's all the rave, but I haven't gone to see it. I also hadn't heard about the controversy.

Ty June 09, 2008 9:22 AM  

Yes, they are all part of the same exhibit. That is what makes this a little alarming, the fact that there are so many of these bodies around on tour.

E June 12, 2008 6:36 AM  

That is a bit wild. It'd be nice to know that the bodies on display were those who volunteered to give their bodies upon death to science...but I suppose that's no guarantee as this latest controversy points out.

Xem VanAdams June 13, 2008 12:42 PM  

This is so Interesting because this is the FIRST time that Ive EVER even heard of an exhibit of this Magnitude. Im going to actually delve into finding MORE information about it. Id LOVE to visit with my Father, especially.