Body Worlds Vital is an all-new, unique exhibition celebrating the wonder, resilience and fragility of the human body. Visitors will get a detailed look at the human body and its keenly intelligent design, explore how it functions and see what happens when disease strikes. This internationally acclaimed exhibition opens at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Tuesday, 1 March 2016. Tickets are available now at www.bodyworldsvital.co.za and Webtickets www.webticket.co.za.
This presentation is set to emulate the runaway success of the Body Worlds exhibition hosted by Sci-Bono in 2013. Tyrone Thöle, managing director of Great World Exhibitions, the leading promoter of international touring exhibitions in South Africa, commented: “After the previous success of Body Worlds, we have been inundated with requests to bring it back. For me, this entirely new exhibition is an authentic and unforgettable experience and I am convinced that it provides the most meaningful and memorable learning opportunity for everybody!”
The trailblazing, international Body Worlds series has been seen by more than 40 million people in more than 100 cities across the world.
Dr Angelina Whalley, Curator and Designer of the Body Worlds exhibitions said: “Body Worlds Vital celebrates the living human body in its optimal state – healthy, vibrant, vigorous and in motion. At the same time, it presents the leading health concerns of contemporary times, the causes of these conditions and diseases, and ways to prevent or manage them. It is our hope that visitors will recognize the potential of the human body, and will be inspired to live a life in good health and with vitality.”
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore human anatomy, physiology and health through around 180 authentic whole-body plastinates, individual organs and transparent body slices. A pair of figure skaters performing a skilful lift, a soccer player dribbling a ball and a chess player plotting his next move illustrate the body like never before. Healthy and diseased organs are shown alongside each other, while displays of the nervous and cardiovascular systems show the intricacies of our complex body. Specimens are permanently preserved through the process of plastination, invented by famed anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens.
Bodies on display have been willed by donors for plastination to increase public awareness of the human body. To date, more than 15,000 donors around the world have bequeathed their bodies to Dr von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination after death.
As a guideline, Body Worlds Vital is recommended for children aged 8+. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Parents are invited to download the comprehensive Family Guide from the www.bodyworldsvital.co.za website to complement their visit.
1 March to 19 June 2016 inclusive
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre,
Corner of Miriam Makeba St & Helen Joseph StNewtown, Johannesburg
Opening Times: 9am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last admission: 5pm
Estimated time to view the entire exhibition: 1.5 – 2 hours
Ticket Prices (excludes Audio Guide):
Adults (18 years+): Discounted weekdays: R120 pp;
Weekends, public holidays and school holidays: R160 pp
Children* (6 to 17 years): Any day, special child rate: R100 pp
Children under 5 years: Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)
Discounted weekdays: R360. Weekends, public holidays and school holidays: R440
*Body Worlds Vital is recommended for children aged 8+, children must be accompanied by an adult
Audio Guides: R40 per unit
Group Bookings (per person):
Group (10+): R100 valid weekdays only
Schools (10+ learners) valid weekdays only
Entry only: 6 – 17 years: R80; 18+ years: R100; Teachers/adults: R120
Entry + Audio Guide: 6 – 17 years: R100; 18+ years: R120; Teachers/adults: R140
Bookings and Time-Slot tickets
To avoid possible disappointment, pre-online bookings are recommended.Tickets can also be purchased at the venue, subject to availability. Tickets are sold in 30-minute time slots to prevent overcrowding. When purchasing a ticket online, select the 30-minute period during which you wish to arrive at the exhibition. Once you have entered the exhibition, you are welcome to stay as long as you want within opening hours.
About Great World Exhibitions
Great World Exhibitions is South Africa’s leading promoter and presenter of internationally acclaimed touring exhibitions. Our proven track record and exclusive focus on delivering touring exhibitions reassure our partners of a commercially sound operating model and a professional service.
Our objectives are to entertain, educate and inspire South Africans. We achieve this by showcasing the most exceptional and innovative exhibitions that captivate audiences all over the world. Since 2012, our team has successfully promoted and run three Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life and two Da Vinci – The Genius exhibitions at prime locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our most recent venture, TUTANKHAMUN – His Tomb and His Treasures opened at Silverstar Casino in December 2014. The exhibition enjoyed great popularity in Gauteng and then transferred to GrandWest, Cape Town in June 2015. Body Worlds Vital, which opens in Johannesburg on 1 March 2016, is the latest international exhibition brought to SA by Great World Exhibitions