GALLIPOLIS — Premier Exhibitions Bodies Revealed arrived at the Gallipolis Bossard Memorial Library in September just a few short months ago but has managed to attract over 14,000 from multiple states and across Ohio in its short time in the library’s Riverside Room.
According to Library Director Debbie Saunders, the Gallia library is the first of its kind to feature the exhibit anywhere in the world.
“The board and staff of Bossard Library are ecstatic regarding the large attendance we’ve had for the Bodies Revealed exhibition,” said Saunders. “We have welcomed bus loads of students from various places in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Many school officials from these school systems noted that the students would not have been able to take part in a field trip had the library not sponsored this exhibit. Some students even raised the funds to cover transportation costs so they could see this amazing display.”
The exhibits are made of real human bodies preserved through a process that allows visitors to see both organs and bodies with tissue in the open. The exhibit will run from until Dec. 31 although the library will be closed both Christmas and Christmas Eve.
The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays. The last entry allowed will be an hour before closing time.
“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 previously to the Tribune. “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 bodies are 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.
“We are utmost appreciative of the taxpayers whose support enables the library to provide both traditional and unique services, such as Bodies Revealed, to the public,” said Saunders.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.