GALLIPOLIS — The Bodies Revealed exhibit recently passed 10,000 visits and is likely to see far more as the exhibit doesn’t leave the Bossard Memorial Library until Dec. 31.
According to Library Director Debbie Saunders, 10,000 visitors was the library’s initial goal in visitor count. Saunders said she was pleasantly surprised to have hit the target number by roughly mid-November. Should the trend continue, it would not be surprising to see a few more thousand.
“So far, the first week was a great success,” Saunders previously said. “We opened to the public on Sept. 25. So through Oct. 2, with all the events we had, we’ve had 1,261 just in our opening week.”
While the library always allows walk-ins for the exhibit, they ask the public to make reservations as they will be served first. They can be made online at the library’s website.
“(The reservation count) just continues to grow daily and exponentially,” Saunders said. “Educators have been able to bring their anatomy classes and be able to see (anatomy) in a way no textbook can show. We have had artists come in from the local university to sketch the bodies. That’s a whole different angle. It’s not only of interest to people in the medical field, but also the arts. I had one man say he was considering stopping smoking after he saw the diseased lung (exhibit).”
The exhibit has been popular enough to be featured in Columbus newspapers as of late. Saunders emphasized the importance of the exhibit as the library is the first in the world to host it. Previously, the exhibit had been shown at science discovery centers and museums.
“The fact that will be the first library in the world to open this exhibit means a lot not only for education but for Gallia County,” said Saunders. “If our community sees there is a lot more traffic in town, that’s a great thing for our economy and community, and it very well could be due to the Bodies Revealed exhibition.”
The exhibit is compromised of bodies preserved through a process called plastination. Bodies with muscle tissue will be posed for viewing as well as individual organs. Those who visit will get sight of the various systems of the body ranging from musculature, bone, nervous and more. The exhibit is geared towards providing an educational insight into human anatomy.
Dean Wright can be reached 740-446-2342, ext. 2103,