Texas has become known for its culture, especially in recent years as the offerings of museums, art exhibits, performances and community art expand. Cedar Park’s new Texas Museum of Science and Technology has opened its doors in the old SoccerPlex building location and brings Austin the nationally known Body Worlds exhibit. This intimate entry into the workings of human life offers a new perspective on health, fitness and age.
Seen by more than 40 million people, the exhibit will be open at the
new museum through September. Originally created in 1977 by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the various features of the show include full skeletons and organs preserved through his plastination process. Children and adults of all ages can witness the human form in various incarnations. The focus of the text explains that health is paramount to longevity and well being, showing first hand the effects of cigarette smoke by displaying a lung blackened with tar. Additionally, viewers can see a comparison of healthy organs to those filled with cancerous tissue and a liver affected by cirrhosis.
In addition to the health aspects, more than 100 specimens allow visitors to get a glimpse into the full spectrum of life, including an exploration of aging and how that affects the human body and mind. The accompanying explanations are optimistic, explaining that a person is able to keep themselves healthy and fit through exercise, proper skin care (such as sun screen) and engaging the mind frequently. Centennial Village gives a perspective on the areas of the world where people live longest and suggests reasons behind this. To round things off, the Artists’ Gaze shows a view of painters who were marred by physical defects such as Monet’s issues with cataracts, giving a glimpse into how his own works may have looked to him during this time.
Body Worlds is being held in Cedar Park’s interim location. Following this exhibit, the new museum intends to host traveling exhibits and add a permanent collection as well. They currently offer Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium program and focus on educating and elevating interest in STEM fields. Austin will be sure to see new and exciting things from TXMOST, beginning with Body Worlds.
WHEN: Through September 20, 2015
Texas Museum of Science and Technology
1220 Toro Grande Drive
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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