Bodies…The Exhibition at Luxor Las Vegas is a prime example of how a visit to Las Vegas can be very educational and in fact right for you. As you pitch the idea of a getaway to Las Vegas be sure to state that a trip to Bodies Las Vegas will help your knowledge of anatomy and will significantly improve your overall health. Afterall, after a trip to Bodies…The Exhibition there is a good chance you’ll change your eating habits, and you will most likely reconsider the shots of Tequila after the bottle of wine. Las Vegas is here to help.
About Bodies – The Exhibition
Bodies — a thoroughgoing exhibition on human anatomy using real cadavers and body parts — is guaranteed to get you out of your comfort zone unless you, a. have a background in the mortuary arts or work in a morgue, or, b. really dug dissection in your high-school biology class.
It’s not necessarily for the squeamish, but Bodies will teach you almost everything you want or need to know about how we’re built from head to toe, inside and out. Carefully preserved (and in many cases, disassembled) corpses, stripped of their skin, allow visitors to examine muscles, bones, internal organs — even the nervous and circulatory systems, with veins, capillaries, and nerve endings painstakingly removed for exhibit.
Once you get over the initial shock of what you’re looking at, curiosity quickly turns to fascination, and you may find yourself actually needing to heed the signs that warn, “Don’t Touch the Cadavers.” Luckily, there are certified nurses on hand as docents to answer your questions, and an audio tour provides additional information for adults or kids (who can get their own specialized soundtrack).
The anonymous corpses that make up the exhibit — mostly male, and mainly donated by Chinese medical schools — speak to visitors in many ways, but ultimately leave you both astounded by the many interrelated systems that compose our bodies and humbled by their fragility. You’ll learn that your body is far more complex than any computer, learn what a developing fetus looks like gestation to near-birth, and be slightly horrified by the damage that drinking alcohol can do to a liver and how smoking can blacken lungs.
Come to think of it, maybe a visit to Bodies should be a mandatory first stop on any visit to Vegas. Even if you plan on clean living during your time in Sin City, however, Bodies is a great way to spend a few hours away from the casino, and to learn more from your Vegas visit than never to play the Big Wheel or split 7s in Blackjack.
Luxor Resort and Casino
3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; last admission at 9 p.m.
Admission: $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, $23 for children 12 and under, $29 for Nevada residents and Luxor hotel guests. Combination tickets with other Luxor attractions also available.
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