Animal Inside Out at The Leonardo

A Plasticized bull at the Animal Inside Out exhibit at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City.
A Plasticized bull at the Animal Inside Out exhibit at The Leonardo.

The Leonardo’s newest exhibit showcases animals in a way you’ve never seen before :: by revealing what’s under their skin—literally.  The Animal Inside Out exhibit is the latest creation from the Body Worlds team, only this time they’ve used their Plastination effects on animals ranging from sea creatures to giraffes to show the intricate systems of muscles and veins.

A Plasticized bull at the Animal Inside Out exhibit at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City.
A Plasticized bull at the Animal Inside Out exhibit at The Leonardo.

Animals Inside Out displays more than 100 creatures, spanning from tiny amphibians to massive mammals, all up close and personal.  The exhibit is incredibly informative; it explains how the different systems in the body work while also comparing the similarities and differences between the systems in animals and humans.  It also explains the process of Plastination, invented by the founder of Body Worlds, Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

The Plasticized heart of a giraffe on display at the Anaimal Inside Out exhibit at The Leonardo.
The Plasticized heart of a giraffe on display.

Body Worlds, the similar exhibit using humans, was The Leonardo’s first exhibit five years ago, so Animals Inside Out is a heartfelt project for The Leonardo team that marks the significant progress the museum has made in the few years its been open in downtown Salt Lake City.  Since then The Leonardo has been able to bring amazing exhibits to our city, including the recent rare showing of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A three-way cross section of a Plasticized horse head at the Animal Inside Out exhibit at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City.
A three-way cross section of a Plasticized horse head.

Animal Inside Out is truly a fascinating experience.  I was surprised by the sheer size of some of the animals, like the bull (above) and the giraffe, especially since I was able to get so close to it (which is obviously not possible in a zoo).  A note of advice when you go :: take your time through the exhibit.  While there are 100 specimens, the exhibit itself is somewhat small and its easy to excitedly rush through it.  So take your time with each creature as you go!

Notes :: Animal Inside Out at The Leonardo opened to the public on May 10, 2014, and does not yet have a published closing date.  Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for children, $16.50 for youth/seniors/students/military and can be purchased online here.  The Leonardo is open Sunday-Wednesday 10 am-5 pm and Thursday-Saturday 10 am-10 pm.

Disclaimer :: I was graciously invited to the sneak peek of Animal Inside Out by The Leonardo.  All opinions are my own. 

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