The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Kirkhof College of Nursing recently announced a special late night opportunity to learn about the human body by visiting Bodies Revealed and hearing from students on Thursday, December 5.
From 6 to 8 p.m., Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students from Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) will present posters as part of their pathophysiology course featuring examples of a human disease process emphasizing the current understanding of its pathophysiology, in conjunction with Bodies Revealed.
Pathophysiology is the science that connects diseases (“patho”) of different parts of the human body with the effects of that disease on how the body functions (“physiology”). How a disease affects the structure of the body and the resulting abnormal function will lead to the symptoms and other exam findings that allow a health care professional to diagnose and treat the disease.
Bodies Revealed features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before.
On Thursday, December 5, the GRPM will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with special late night hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission to Bodies Revealed is $15 for adults, $10 for children, $12 for Kent County resident adults, $7 for Kent County resident children, $7 for Museum member adults and member children. Tickets include general admission to the Museum, and can be purchased online at grpm.org or by calling 616.929.1700.
Bodies Revealed tickets are timed entry. When buying tickets, visitors must choose which time slot they would like to enter the exhibition.
Bodies Revealed showcases 10 full bodies and more than 100 organs and partial body specimens. The exhibition respectfully displays each specimen to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work. With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals.
Many of the whole body specimens are presented in vivid athletic poses that allow visitors to better understand their own everyday motions and activities, while other specimens illustrate the damage that can be caused to organs by habits like over-eating, lack of exercise and smoking.
The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a technique called polymer preservation. The process permanently preserves human tissue through the use of liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs.
Bodies Revealed is brought to the GRPM by Experiential Media Group, LLC (E/M Group) and sponsored by David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation, Bank of America, Meijer, The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation, Advanced Radiology Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Lacks Enterprises, Inc., BDO, Chris & Kim Branoff, David & Amy Leonard, Williams Kitchen & Bath, Media Place Partners, AMR of West Michigan, Hope Network Foundation and Old National Bank. Media sponsors include WOOD TV 8, WOOD News Radio, WGVU Public Media, Michigan Radio and Grand Rapids Kids.
This exhibit is brought to you by the citizens of Kent County and the voter approved 2016 millage.
About Experiential Media Group, LLC
E/M Group located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a foremost presenter of museum quality exhibitions throughout the world. E/M Group is a recognized leader in developing and displaying unique exhibitions for education and entertainment including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, BODIES Revealed, BODIES…The Exhibition, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, Pompeii The Exhibition, Extreme Dinosaurs and Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition. The success of E/M Group lies in its ability to produce, manage, and market exhibitions. Additional information about E/M Group is available at the Company’s web site www.emgroup.com.
Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting The Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.