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COSI to Host Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain

Exhibition opens at COSI October 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (May 16, 2012) – COSI presents Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain, an exhibition opening to the public Wednesday, October 17, 2012. This is the first time BODY WORLDS & The Brain has been in Ohio and the first time a BODY WORLDS exhibition has been offered in central Ohio. This exhibition includes a special feature that unravels the mystery of the mind and secret world of the brain.

“BODY WORLDS & The Brain provides COSI with a unique opportunity for its visitors to engage with a fascinating exhibition meant to enhance their understanding of their bodies,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D., President & CEO. “Visitors will likely gain a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of the human body overall as they discover both the resiliency and the vulnerability of the human body.”

"OhioHealth is the central Ohio leader for neuroscience care and we're proud to be a part of COSI's exhibit, BODY WORLDS & The Brain,” said Janet Bay, MD, Physician Vice President for Neuroscience for OhioHealth. “OhioHealth is committed to bringing expert neuroscience care and education to our community, through treatment and teaching opportunities - like this exciting new exhibit."

Bringing BODY WORLDS & The Brain to COSI is part of one of COSI’s four strategic areas of focus, Health and Medicine. Besides Health and Medicine, COSI has committed to Energy and Environment, Early Childhood Education and Technology and Innovation. These four strategic areas of focus allow COSI to look at different experiences and ways to engage guests while moving the science center forward as a world class science center of the 21st century.

For this special presentation of BODY WORLDS, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of the Plastination process and creator of the exhibitions and his wife, Dr. Angelina Whalley, conceptual planner and creative designer of the exhibitions, have created a holistic meditation on the brain that merges anatomy, neuroscience, and philosophy that resonates with everyone.

“The brain is an incredible marvel of engineering. I wanted people to recognize what is known about this amazing gem inside our heads, and be awed by its possibilities and capacities,” said Dr. von Hagens.

“We wanted to present this most complex organ in a way that was accessible to the general public, and in the most elegant way,” said Dr. Whalley, the physician who planned the BODY WORLDS exhibitions that have been seen so far by more than 34 million people worldwide.

More than 200 authentic specimens will be on display including entire bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. With the exception of a small number of contributions from hospital anatomical and morphological programs, the specimens on display stem from body donors, individuals who donated their bodies to the Institute for Plastination's body donation program. This presentation highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance and invites profound reflection on the power, beauty and fragility of the amazing human body and brain.

COSI and the exhibition will be open seven days a week October 17 – January 6, 2013. Hours will be Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays, noon – 6pm. Admission to BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes general admission to COSI and costs $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for senior citizens, $19.95 for children 2-12, and $17.00 for teachers with valid ID. Member pricing is $6.00 per person.

COSI will also offer special hours during the run of BODY WORLDS & The Brain. COSI will be open for the exhibition only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights 5pm – 9pm from October 17 – December 22. BODY WORLDS & The Brain only admission during those times (except for Family Friday Nights) will be $16.00, $6.00 for members. Family Friday Nights take place on the last Friday of the month. Admission is $9.95 from 5pm – 9pm. Admission plus BODY WORLDS & The Brain will be $17.95 per person.

COSI and the exhibition will be open seven days a week with extended hours December 26, 2012 through January 6, 2013. Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday noon to 9pm. COSI will also be open December 24 from 10am – 3pm. Admission during this time to BODY WORLDS & The Brain will include general admission to COSI and costs $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for senior citizens, $19.95 for children 2-12, and $17.00 for teachers with valid ID. Member pricing is $6.00 per person. COSI will be closed Thanksgiving and December 25.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain is presented locally by OhioHealth. The exhibition will run through January 6, 2013. For more information on our featured exhibition and special events and programs, please call 614.228.2674 or visit

About Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS
Dr. Gunther von Hagens invented the Plastination technique in 1977, in an effort to improve the education of medical students. More than 13,000 donors have bequeathed their bodies to Dr. von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany. Individual donors have designated that upon their death their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.

COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — serving nearly 30 million visitors since 1964. Parents Magazine recently named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at

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Author; Jaclyn Reynolds

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Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 15 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.