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A news release cited “overwhelming response” to the show in announcing its extension beyond its originally slated closing date of Jan. 8. According to spokeswoman Sheila Kenny, more than 30,000 people have attended the exhibit, which features dissected human bodies in a variety of forms to provide a better understanding of how the body functions and how people’s actions affect it. The center has provided educational tours of the show as well as public visits.
Tickets are $14 for ages 19 to 59, $12 ages 60 and older and students with IDs, $11 ages 4 to 18, $10 military with ID, and free to ages 3 and younger. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling (859) 233-3535 or at Ticketmaster.com.
Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During the holidays, the exhibit is closed Christmas Day and will have normal operating hours on all but New Year’s Eve, when it will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lexington Center directors will announce the next exhibit coming to the Museum and Gallery, which is in the space formerly occupied by the UK Basketball Museum, in mid-January.
Sep8Filed under: Lexington Center Museum & Gallery; Tagged as: Bodies Revealed at Lexington Center Museum & Gallery
The first time I talked to Lexington Center spokeswoman Sheila Kenny about the new Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, we were discussing its inaugural exhibit, Bodies Revealed, and I said, “I may have to wait until your next exhibit to check the place out.”
As fascinating as a look inside the human body sounds, an exhibit featuring carefully preserved cadavers creeped me out. I had been in New York when Bodies: The Exhibition opened to national headlines and had no interest whatsoever in going.
I have no interest in watching investigations of gruesome murder scenes on procedural crime dramas or surgery scenes in medical shows, say nothing of slasher flicks. I get queasy watching my own blood collect in a bag when I make a donation. So a room full of bodies, organs, veins, etc.? Eck.
Alas, the museum and show are on my beat, so Wednesday morning I found myself at the entrance to Bodies, warily investigating the body in the front case sliced up like an MRI looks at you in layers. That was actually one of the more unsettling things I saw all morning, though it was simulatenously fascinating to think this is the way an MRI looks at your body. And that’s the way a lot of it worked – reflexive revulsion was overcome by wow moments.
If you are a bit queasy about entering, Bodies does help you build up to it, starting with a skeletal display that is not too dissimilar from the one we stereotypically see standing by science teacher desks. It helped ease me in to some of the … uh … meatier portions of the exhibit.
Two things helped keep my mind off the fact I was looking at actual bodies.
1. It was fascinating. From the size of organs like the liver (larger than expected) and the stomach (I just ate a slice of pizza that would fill that thing) to intricate systems like the arteries in the arms to sobering items such as the blackened lungs of a smoker, it’s loaded with striking moments, especially when you consider that all these bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves and more are inside you.
2. The silicone process they use to preserve the items actually makes the pieces appear a bit less real – more like plastic models of organs you may have seen in science class – than the actual bodies they are.
By the end, I was even holding a brain at the touch station … no that I want to do that again, but seeing Bodies was worth putting my reflexive revulsion in check.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich