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It was open for a week before the March COVID-19 closedown. Now it's open again at OMSI!

DAVID F. ASHTON - OMSI Feature Hall Assistant Manager Jennifer Powers told THE BEE shes enthusiastic about the reopening of the latest BODY WORLDS exhibition. After its grand opening on March 7 – and closing down only a week later, due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns – the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) reopened the Pacific Northwest debut of the Gunther von Hagens' exhibition "BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life" on Saturday, June 20.

"OMSI is reopening to the public, employing the same guidelines for Zoos, Museums, and Outdoor Gardens, as issued by Oregon Health Authority," announced the museum's Communications Manager, John Farmer.

"To meet state requirements and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, OMSI has implemented safety adjustments throughout the museum – including timed entry admissions, heightened cleaning guidelines, and a limit on the number of people in the 'BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life' exhibit hall – and also for the USS Blueback submarine tours," Farmer said.

About the exhibit

This version of BODY WORLDS is different from the previous exhibitions hosted by OMSI – back in 2007, and again in 2011 – remarked Feature Hall Assistant Manager Jennifer Powers.

"This 'Cycle of Life' exhibit presents completely new material and specimens, with the theme being walking visitors through the life cycle of a human being, from prenatal development through old age," Powers told THE BEE.

More than 100 specimens were curated for this exhibition, showing individual organs and systems, as well as full-body "plastinates" in various poses – including football players and gymnasts in action.

"This is a new way to explore human anatomy, and our lifecycle as human beings; and, it promotes personal introspection of our health, and our own life cycle as well," Powers reflected.

The exhibit is still scheduled to be at OMSI through September 13.

Tickets to see the Body Worlds exhibit are additional to the museum's own admission fee. "We strongly suggest guests buy tickets online in advance, to avoid disappointment at the box office, and to provide and touch-free ticketing," recommended Farmer.

For hours, ticket prices, and more information, go online – www.omsi.edu


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