The Portland Science Center has always made an effort to host educational and eye-opening programs for the New England communities in Maine. The center is home to some of the most intriguing and engaging traveling attractions from around the world drawing topics from education and STEM fields. You can also witness the unique marvels of the world and its culture, and the one of a kind exhibitions create long-lasting impact.
Currently, the center is hosting one of the most famous and even controversial traveling exhibits of the world called Body Worlds. The exhibit was conceptualized by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens and displays the actual preserved human bodies for educational purposes.
The exhibit can teach a great deal about the subject of anatomy including longevity, aging, cardiology and neuroscience. The show educates the public about the functioning of the human body and provides an understanding of what lies beneath the skin. You can see real human bodies which have been donated willingly by people to be put up in the exhibit.
The exhibit offers great insights about the resilience and mechanism of the human body and gives you an idea about diseases and sickness. For example, visitors can see the effects of smoking at close quarters by examining the difference between a preserved healthy lung and that of a smoker.
The human bodies are preserved using a scientific technique called plastination invented by Gunther von Hagens. The exhibition creators aim to educate the public about preventive healthcare, by presenting them the anatomical proof of healthy and unhealthy lifestyle. The exhibit is meant for lay public who don't have much idea about anatomy, but can easily grasp the concept due to its visual nature.
The exhibit has created a great impact on visitors all over the world, and they all agree to have increased their knowledge about the human body after the tour. Most people leave the exhibit marveling at the intricacies of the human body and gain valuable incentives for leading a healthy lifestyle.
The Portland Science Center believes in the potential of learning presented through entertainment and always looks forward to producing a significant impact on visitors of all ages. You can witness sustainable and engaging exhibits which cater to the interests of the community.
Portland Science Center is an ideal "edutainment" destination extending over 15,000 square feet of space and home to some of the most exciting and successful exhibitions in Maine and Northern New England.
You can experience explorative and inspiring world-famous exhibitions in the cultural hub of Maine just like in the case of Body Worlds. The exhibit will run from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from Mondays to Thursday and Sunday and 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
The Portland Science Center is managed by a Massachusetts-based organization called The Gold Group who organizes educational exhibits. The group has also hosted other exhibits in big cities like “Pompeii,” “Sea Monsters Revealed” and “Dead Sea Scrolls." The group plans to arrange two exhibits each year in Portland.
The Portland Science Center can be found at 68 Commercial St., located on Maine Wharf. You have to cross one wharf west of the Maine State Pier to find the science center.