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The Tech Museum of Innovation Hosts First Northern California Showing Of BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem-Gunther von Hagens' Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 5 June, 2007
The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation's premier science and technology museums, today announced it will host the first Northern California showing of BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, Gunther von Hagens' Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. This unique and educational exhibit about human anatomy, physiology and health gives guests an unprecedented view inside the human body, and has been enjoyed worldwide by more than 20 million people. The exhibition will open on September 27, 2007, and will run through January 27, 2008. Tickets go on sale to members of The Tech starting June 25, and to the general public beginning July 2. For the first time in the history of the exhibition, BODY WORLDS will present The Three Pound Gem, a special feature on the brain inspired by findings in neuroscience on brain development and function, brain disease and disorders, and brain performance and improvement. "As the home of technological innovation and many medical advancements, Silicon Valley is a logical destination for BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem. As one of the Valley's greatest educational resources, The Tech is the ideal venue for the exhibition," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "Preparing for and hosting this blockbuster exhibition is a great example of collaboration among civic, health and cultural organizations to provide important content to the people of this region and to visitors from around the world." BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem will feature more than 200 real human body specimens, including more than 20 whole bodies, healthy and unhealthy organs, body sections and slices, all preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination. Invented by physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Plastination is a method for extracting bodily fluids and fat from specimens, and replacing them, through vacuum forced impregnation, with reactive resins and polymers. As a result of this process, visitors to BODY WORLDS will actually see inside the human body, learn how it works and how it can be affected by disease and lifestyle choices. In conjunction with the BODY WORLDS exhibition, The Tech is partnering with presenting sponsor The Health Trust and other local and national health associations and institutes to offer educational programming centered on health, fitness, prevention and well-being. "BODY WORLDS is perfectly aligned with The Tech's mission to 'inspire the innovator in everyone', and is a great complement to permanent Galleries and exhibits in the museum focused on medical technologies, biotech, genetics and the human body," said Peter Friess, President of The Tech. "We believe all visitors will walk away from the exhibit with a much greater understanding of and respect for the complexity and beauty of the human body and the mysterious world of the brain. BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem will offer every visitor a very personal and profound learning experience." Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original, precedent-setting public anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies, and the only anatomical exhibits that use donated bodies, willed by donors for the express purpose of serving BODY WORLDS mission to educate the public about health and anatomy. To date, more than 7,000 people have agreed to donate their bodies to BODY WORLDS for Plastination and use in the exhibits. In connection with BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, The Tech will be featuring the relevant and educational IMAX movies "The Human Body" and "Wired to Win". "The Human Body" is showing now through January 27, 2008 in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech, and "Wired to Win" will begin when the exhibition opens in September. "We are pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this significant exhibition," said Todd Hansen, Acting Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust. "Our vision is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America, and BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem provides a great opportunity to teach people more about the complexity of their bodies and how to better take care of them." In addition to presenting sponsor The Health Trust, the City of San Jose and San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau/Team San Jose are working in partnership with The Tech to bring BODY WORLDS 2 to San Jose. Tickets and Availability Members of The Tech have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, and will enjoy up to a $10 discount on tickets for the exhibit. Tickets go on sale to museum members beginning June 25, and will be available online at http://www.thetech.org/bodyworld/buy_tickets.html, from the ticket office in the museum, or by calling (408) 294-TECH. Tickets will be available to the general public starting July 2 through the same venues. Ticket prices include general admission to the museum. IMAX movies are sold separately. All tickets to the exhibit are timed at 15-minute intervals. Exhibit hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day during the four-month run except Christmas Day, with last entry at 7:30 p.m. The Tech Museum of Innovation will be extending its regular hours during BODY WORLDS in order to ensure that visitors can also enjoy the museum's exhibits and IMAX movies during evening hours. About The Health Trust Since 1996 The Health Trust has been a leader in increasing and improving health and wellness in Silicon Valley, especially for individuals and communities that do not have access to the health-related services and resources they need. The bold new vision of The Health Trust - to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America - will be supported by three new focus areas for the organization: preventing obesity, promoting healthy aging, and reducing health disparities. For more information on The Health Trust, visit www.healthtrust.org. About The Tech Museum of Innovation: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org. Contacts: Lisa Croel The Tech 408-795-6219 lcroel@thetech.org Diane McNutt The Health Trust (408) 354-1242 mcnuttco@aol.com