Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds returns to UK

Date Posted: 06/02/2014

Body Worlds Vital, the latest collection of real preserved human bodies, specimens and organs from infamous scientist Dr Gunther von Hagen, opens on 17th May at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.

Vital features a set of anatomical specimens enabling students on a school trip to learn about human anatomy by viewing real human bodies.

Body Worlds Vital shows students how the body works when it is healthy and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases.

It allows school groups to explore human anatomy, physiology and health through a series of full body plastinates, individual organs and transparent body slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works. 

Healthy and diseased organs are shown alongside each other allowing visitors to see how lifestyle choices may affect the body, such as how smoking affects the lungs.  

Highlights of the exhibition include a relay runner posed mid-handover to display the muscular system and a gymnast posed mid-air in a spread-eagle jump.

Body Worlds Vital runs at the Life Science Centre until 2nd November 2014.

For further school trip information and tickets visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide