GALLIPOLIS — Premier Exhibitions Bodies Revealed exhibit will be opening to the public at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bossard Memorial Library.
Bossard will be the first library in the world to feature the exhibit, which showcases 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 Sunday through Dec. 31.
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 Bossard Memorial Library Director Debbie 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 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.
Those who have strong feelings about reproductive health or seeing actual human remains are advised to remember that before deciding to visit the exhibit.
More than 3,500 individuals have already reserved times to go through the exhibit. Saunders strongly recommends individuals do so either through the library’s website or calling staff directly. Walk-ins are welcomed and will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis, after those who have already made registrations.
Saunders said individuals as far as Columbus and Indiana have inquired into setting up reservations with the exhibit.
Those who wish to register with a family of up to 10 individuals are encouraged to make reservations online. Those who have bigger parties are asked to call either Lynn Pauley, adult services program coordinator, or Saunders herself at either 740-446-7323 ext. 229 or 740-446-7323 ext. 235. Admission is not charged for entering the exhibit.
The exhibition area does not allow strollers, backpacks, food, drink or chewing gum. There is to be no photography, videography or cell phone use. Scooters and wheelchairs are welcomed and children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Those who visit are asked not to touch the exhibits either as they are fragile.
For teachers or families who are interested, learning guides are available on the Bossard Memorial Library website at http://bossardlibrary.org/content/education-bodies-revealed.
Area dignitaries and leaders visited the exhibit Saturday night before it opened to the general public.
For information to plan your visit to the exhibit, visit http://bossardlibrary.org/content/plan-your-visit-bodies-revealed.
Visitors can guide themselves through the exhibit and are self-paced. Individuals can take as long or as little time as they like to view the specimens.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.