Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bodyworld visits Taipei

For those that don't know, Gunther von Hagen's Bodyworlds is an exhibit about the body's organs, bones, muscles and health. All the display models use real human tissue and muscles donated to science. It would be a little disgusting to some people, but I have no issue with it. It's been so plasticized that it looks fake anyways. Cost was $250 NT with my student discount. The exhibit was very interesting. You get to see cut outs of the human body in various areas. The liver, the heart, the brain, the bones, the spine. you can see the structure of all the ligaments and muscles and where they attach and how they work. It was a very educational exhibit about health and how the body is formed. Our human body is really a perfect miracle all working in harmony. Reading a lot of the placards, they all tell you about what your looking at and how to best keep it healthy. The overall conclusion I got was; eat healthy (low fat, more vegetables), red wine, constant exercise throughout your life, no cigarettes or excessive alcohol, lots of love and laughter and sex. If this exhibit ever visits your town, take some time out to see this exhibit. It's so unique! In addition to seeing Bodyworlds, I got to discover a new place. The National Taiwan Science Education Center. It's a 10 floor tall building with a huge atrium in the center. They had several exhibits on different floors that I did not get a chance to visit. It also has a small food court so you can grab lunch or dinner too. It's definitely the largest museum i've seen so far in Taiwan. I'll have to make a return visit to see what other exhibits it has to offer. However seeing this museum makes me want to go to the Washington Smithsonians or Chicago for their world class museums. The pictures attached are from Google, since there was no photography allowed inside.

National Taiwan Science Education Center
No.189 Shihshang Road, Shihlin, Taipei, Taiwan 111

Gunther von Hagen's Bodyworlds


  1. is this a permanent exhibit? And was it in chinese or is there english translation? Must be packed with school kids.

  2. Nope. It's a traveling exhibit, but I think they can be multiple countries simultaneously. Yes, both Chinese and English. As educational as it is, not that many kids, it shows a lot nudity and more mature content that even some adults would find queezy. I also visited on a non-school day.