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Grand Rapids Public Museum Hosts Bodies Revealed


Grand Rapids Public Museum Hosts Bodies Revealed

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Kirkhof College of Nursing announced today a special late night opportunity to learn about the human body by visiting Bodies Revealed and hearing from students on Thursday, December 5.

From 6 to 8 p.m., Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students from Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) will present posters as part of their pathophysiology course featuring examples of a human disease process emphasizing the current understanding of its pathophysiology, in conjunction with Bodies Revealed.

Pathophysiology is the science that connects diseases (“patho”) of different parts of the human body with the effects of that disease on how the body functions (“physiology”). How a disease affects the structure of the body and the resulting abnormal function will lead to the symptoms and other exam findings that allow a health care professional to diagnose and treat the disease.

Bodies Revealed features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process called polymer preservation, that permanently preserves human tissue through the use of liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before.

On Thursday, December 5, the GRPM will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with special late night hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission to Bodies Revealed is $15 for adults, $10 for children, $12 for Kent County resident adults, $7 for Kent County resident children, $7 for Museum member adults and member children. Tickets include general admission to the Museum, and can be purchased online at or by calling 616.929.1700.

Bodies Revealed tickets are timed entry. When buying tickets, visitors must choose which time slot they would like to enter the exhibition.

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Bodies Revealed showcases 10 full bodies and more than 100 organs and partial body specimens. The exhibition respectfully displays each specimen to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work. With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals.

Many of the whole-body specimens are presented in vivid athletic poses that allow visitors to better understand their own everyday motions and activities, while other specimens illustrate the damage that can be caused to organs by habits like over-eating, lack of exercise and smoking.

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