The Ontario Science Centre to host BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart

Dr. Gunther von Hagens' Exhibition Features Special Presentation on
    the HeartTORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - Four years after BODY WORLDS had its Canadian
premiere and BODY WORLDS 2 brought record crowds to the Ontario Science
Centre, a new blockbuster exhibition, BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart,
will open to the public on October 9, 2009, with a special media preview on
October 8.
    BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart, an all-new exhibition, will reveal
through the lenses of anatomy, cardiology, psychology and culture how the
heart nourishes, regulates and sustains life. The exhibition will give Science
Centre visitors a profound insight into the human body, health and disease,
and the intricate world of the cardiovascular system. The exhibition will awe
visitors with over 200 human specimens including whole-body plastinates,
organs and translucent body slices.
    The striking whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS allow visitors to see
inside the staggeringly complex and interconnected network of muscles, tendons
and blood vessels that make up our bodies. The specimens on display come
through the Institute for Plastination's body donation program - all of the
donors had agreed before their deaths that their bodies can be displayed for
public education purposes. Sixty-eight Canadians have bequeathed their bodies
to von Hagens' Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.
    Nearly half a million visitors came to see BODY WORLDS 2 at the Science
Centre during its five-month run from September 30, 2005 to February 26, 2006.
Due to its popularity, doors remained open for 61 consecutive hours during the
final weekend, when over 32,000 people flocked to see the exhibition before it
closed.
    "The response when we exhibited BODY WORLDS 2 previously was
overwhelmingly positive. The exhibition appealed to a diverse array of
audiences - adults interested in health issues, families wanting to learn more
about the importance of healthy life choices and students visiting as part of
a science, art or physical education class. Overwhelmingly, visitors to BODY
WORLDS are filled with awe by the discovery of what they are inside," said
Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. "BODY WORLDS invites you to
see, with your own eyes, how intricately we are made; how powerful we are, and
how fragile. Without question, this exhibition shows you in dramatic and
tangible ways the differences between caring for and neglecting your body."
    BODY WORLDS puts human anatomy in clear context. BODY WORLDS & The Story
of the Heart is organized according to the major systems of the body including
the locomotive, nervous, reproductive, digestive and cardiovascular systems.
    The exhibition will be time-ticketed, with tickets going on sale to the
public June 29 at the box office and online. Science Centre members will be
able to book through the call centre starting June 22, and will receive a
discount of up to 47% on admission.
    This exhibition has been financially assisted by the Government of
Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, and through the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund of the Ministry of Culture, administered by the Ontario
Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.About the Ontario Science Centre
    --------------------------------The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, pioneering the
concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 40 million
visitors have passed through its doors. It is a model for over 1,000 science
centres around the world that have been built since its inception.
    The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world around them. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency
of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at www.ontariosciencecentre.caAbout Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS
    -------------------------------------Dr. Gunther von Hagens invented Plastination in 1977, in an effort to
improve the education of medical students. He created the BODY WORLDS
exhibitions to bring anatomy to the public.
    The organs and whole-body plastinates in the exhibition derive from
people who have, in their lifetime, generously donated their bodies for
Plastination, to specifically educate future generations about health. More
than 10,000 donors have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens' Institute for
Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany. For more information on BODY WORLDS,
please visit www.bodyworlds.com




For further information: Anna Relyea, Associate Director, Strategic
Communications, Ontario Science Centre, (416) 696-3273, anna.relyea@osc.on.ca;
Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre, (416)
696-3191, christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca; Ellen Flowers, Media Relations Officer,
Ontario Science Centre, (416) 696-3154, ellen.flowers@osc.on.ca