Mini is really interested in science at the moment and loves reading her Usborne all about the body book. As both Mr Mack and I have backgrounds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) we enjoy talking to her about these topics and helping her to learn more about the world around her. So when we were recently invited to review The Real Bodies Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham, I was intrigued to find out more.
The Real Bodies Exhibition is an opportunity to get to know more about the human body and how it works, both inside and out. There are 20 real human bodies that have been respectfully preserved and displayed to help us understand more about the mechanics of the human body.
To be honest, I was initially cautious about taking Mini, who is 5 years old. The website advises parental guidance on a suitable age for the exhibition and explains that some bodies show full genitalia. After discussing with Mr Mack we decided to take her, and I am really glad that we did. Obviously it is personal choice if you think the exhibition is suitable for your child. However, I feel that Mini took her lead from us. We didn’t talk about it being weird or scary so she didn’t think that either.
Each area of the exhibition is themed, for example there is a room about breathing and another about movement. As we went through each room, we talked about the bodies on display, along with the body parts and talked about what they did and how they worked. She was interested in looking at the displays and I feel she learnt a lot from looking at The Real Bodies. There was a display of a healthy pair of lungs and lungs that had been damaged through smoking. We talked about this and the health impacts that smoking can have on our bodies.
Mini’s favourite display was the “movement” room and she enjoyed learning about how all the muscles in the body interact to help us move. There was also a comparison of a skeleton and another body with the muscles intact. I was fascinated by the “blood” room which showed the blood network around the body and specific organs in such intricate detail.
Mini enjoyed mimicking the poses of the bodies. As she did we talked about how she got into those poses and the muscles and body parts that she needed to use.
There were a number of helpers at the exhibition who talked to us about what we were looking at and gave us lots of interesting facts too.
At the end of the exhibition there was a display of foetus’. This is clearly labelled and you are given the option to bypass this room should you wish. Mr Mack went to look first and felt it was appropriate for us to go in together. The demonstration was thought provoking however also, for us useful and educational. We were able to talk to Mini about the size of the baby in my tummy, how it had developed so far and how it will continue to grow.
I am really pleased that we decided to visit The Real Bodies Exhibition and feel that we all learnt something new from the visit. I would recommend a visit to anyone interested in learning more about the body. In my day job, I work for West Midlands Ambulance Service. I’ve talked to a number of clinical colleagues who have said that they are planning a trip now to the exhibition.
Our visit lasted about an hour in total, however you are free to spend as long as you like there.
The Real Bodies Exhibition is on at The NEC, Birmingham Thursdays to Sundays until 19th August 2018. For tickets and further information please click The Real Bodies Exhibition
Disclaimer. We were kindly invited to attend The Real Bodies Exhibition for a review, all views and opinions are entirely our own.