bodyworldsGetting in shape is usually included on everyone’s new years resolution list but most of us rarely follow through. Perhaps a trip through the human body might just help kick us in gear?

Now I am one that usually squeals at the sight of blood, but I have been told that The Body Worlds Exhibit is an experience I should not pass up. I was excited to hear that it will be running at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia {this is the second variation} through April 2010.

If you are not familiar with Body Worlds it is an exhibit that displays real human bodies preserved by using an unique process called Plastination. People donate their bodies specifically for this exhibit so others can view them in their full existence; blood, vessels, muscles, organs – it is all there.

The purpose of this exhibit is to educate the public on the inner workings of the human body. One of two things will happen as you walk in. Either your stomach will squirm a bit or you will be truly amazed and in awe of what is going on around you.

It is better than any anatomy or medical class you can take because you rarely get to see what the human body looks like under the skin. It is one big science lesson giving Museum visitors profound insight into the human body, health and disease, and the intricate world of the cardiovascular system.

Guests will visit multiple rooms where the bodies of various gender and size are fixed in dramatic poses showing you the muscles at work. Not only that but you can view interesting images like a healthy lung and a smoker’s blackened lung – the experience will be mind blowing.

If you are looking for an unique, educational outing – don’t miss this. They travel around the world, visiting different cities and towns. To view their schedule, click here.

Here are some tips to know before visiting the exhibit at the Franklin Institute.

1. Tickets are dated and time. Due to the anticipated demand, they recommend you buy your tickets on-line or call 1.877.TFI.TIXS.

2. Hours are 9:30am – 9:30pm. Last entry is 7:30pm.

3. Daytime tickets are $27/adult and $19.80/ages 4 – 11. Evening tickets are $18/adult and $13.75/ages 4 – 11.

4. While young children do visit the exhibit, please note that it does includes full-body plastinates with exposed genitals. They recommend the exhibit for school aged children Grades 5 and up.

5. Food and drinks are not permitted in the exhibit galleries.