The DaVinci Science Center in Allentown wants to get under your skin -- literally. The museum's new "Bodies Revealed" exhibit features real human bodies, from bones to brains to the human heart -- and all the muscles and tendons that hold them all together.
Anyone who ever said, "Beauty is only skin deep," never saw the human body quite like this.
"This is an exhibit about the wondrous machine that is the human body," said Da Vinci CEO Troy Thrash. "This is the most exciting experience that I think we've been able to bring to the DaVinci Science Center."
"Bodies Revealed" puts 11 human bodies and hundreds of body parts on display.
"Everything that people see here is real," said Dr. Roy Glover, the exhibit's medical director. "We all live in this body, from the time we're born until we take our last breath. So why not learn more about it?"
For instance, did you know your body has more than 100,000 miles of blood vessels?
"It is an amazing inside look for kids and for adults, to see how their bodies function and do what they do every day," said Thrash.
Beyond the "wow factor" though, the mission here is education. "Bodies Revealed" wants to show people just how important it is to take care of their bodies.
Visitors will see a healthy lung next to a dark-colored smoker's lung ravaged by lung cancer.
"The body never lies; it always tells you the truth," said Glover. "So it's hard to hide anything here, and we don't try to do that."
"Bodies Revealed" starts with a basic skeleton and works its way through the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Preserving these bodies is a complex process that can take up to a year.
"We remove the water and fluids from it, once it's dissected," said Glover. "But then in place of the fluids, we put liquid silicone; we fill the tissues with it. Then we can harden it."
Medical students from St. Luke's University Health Network will actually guide visitors around, explaining what they're seeing.
"That's what we're hoping to do, is to inspire the future doctors and nurses and clinicians," said St. Luke's Kate Raymond.
This exhibit has been to 30 countries and cities across the United States. Schools are far as Delaware are planning to visit it at DaVinci. For a smaller museum, getting this exhibit was a major coup.
"They came to us," said Thrash. "They were looking to see how, perhaps, some smaller markets might be able to play with this exhibit."
"Bodies Revealed" will open Saturday and runs through Feb. 10, 2013. Admission costs $21.95 for adults, and $18.95 for children 12 and under.