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Contemplating "Bodies" After Dark

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 12 April, 2011
The lights at The Tech Museum will burn a bit longer next weekend as we usher in guests for the final hours of the incredible run of BODY WORLDS Vital, the world premiere exhibition seen by nearly 115,000 visitors. The museum will remain open until midnight on Saturday, April 23rd - the final weekend of the exhibition. BODY WORLDS Vital, which has received high marks in major media outlets and on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, closes April 24th, marking the success of yet another blockbuster that has attracted thousands of visitors to downtown San Jose and millions of dollars to the Silicon Valley neighborhood's restaurants, hotels and shops. The exhibition heads next to the Science Center of Iowa. "BODY WORLDS Vital has definitely provoked thought and inspired action toward living healthier lifestyles," said Elizabeth Williams, vice president of Marketing, Membership and Sales. "Presented in explicit, vivid depictions, the exhibit leaves little to the imagination - illustrating how not to leave our health to chance." Developed specifically for the American audience to educate people on common diseases and preventive care, BODY WORLDS Vital is a specially curated collection made up of real human body plastinates and a large arrangement of individual organs, arterial configurations and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body functions. Using multi-media installations as a backdrop, the exhibit shows the body in disease and distress by comparing healthy bodies to bodies that have succumbed to a host of illnesses and medical conditions. As an added educational value, representatives with the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley, the American Heart Association and Breathe California of the Bay Area will be on hand to answer related questions and provide healthy tips to visitors. The Diabetes Society of Santa Clara is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16. The American Heart Association, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and Breathe Lung California, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17. BODY WORLDS Vital is the latest chapter in the HUMAN SAGA project - a series of curated museum blockbusters that began with exploration of the brain and neuroscience, cardiology and the heart, human development and longevity and aging. BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been hosted by more than 50 museums and venues in North America, Europe, and Asia - and seen by more than 32 million visitors worldwide. Media are invited to download high-resolution images at the BODY WORLDS online picture database. For ticket information call +1 (408) 294-8324 or visit: http://tickets.thetech.org/production.asp Contact: Roqua Montez Director of Public Relations +1 (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future.