Body Worlds Rx + Heart


May 2023 - September 2023

In the Experience and Oberhelman Galleries

The world’s most popular touring exhibit comes to Peoria, Illinois for the first time. 

Created by German physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of Plastination and Dr. Angelina Whalley curator of the trailblazing BODY WORLDS exhibitions, the exhibition features real human specimens preserved through Plastination, a technique that removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with plastics that harden. The specimens on display show impressive comparisons and contrasts between healthy bodies and organs from those stricken with disease. Particular emphasis is put on some of the most common ailments such as back pain, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases like arteriosclerosis and heart infarctions, dementia, and more. 

The exhibition also features a self-curated exhibition on the delicate architecture and functionality of the human heart. 

Body Worlds has broken attendance records for the last twenty years and has been seen by more than 50 million people worldwide. This is one exhibition you won’t want to miss

Thank you to our sponsors

Body Worlds Rx and Heart presented by the Gilmore Foundation and the Corporate Visionary Society Council in partnership University of Illinois College of Medicine and OSF JumpTrading Medical Simulation Center with support from Unity Point (Carle) and OSF.