Plastination

Plastination is the state-of-the-art scientific technique used to preserve the organs and whole bodies on display to the public. The technique preserves them without changing their appearance and is used both for teaching anatomy and to make the workings of the human body accessible to a wider audience.

The technique is used in the world of medicine and involves replacing liquids and part of the adipose tissue of organs by a polymer. The process takes place in a vacuum at freezing temperatures. It can take various months to plastinate more complex parts.

Each element in this collection of over 12 bodies and 150 organs has been specifically chosen by our educational team on account of its scientific merit, relevance and learning potential. Care has also been taken to display them in the most careful and respectful way possible.

Displaying these specimens to the public helps people learn about the human body while promoting health and healthy lifestyles among the public.

Parts can only be shown for scientific and educational purposes. The exhibition has signed an agreement with the University of Murcia (the scientific and medical adviser to HUMAN BODIES) whereby after the exhibition, the specimens will be donated to the university to support the teaching of new generations of doctors and surgeons.

Most of the bodies and organs on display come from unidentified corpses in Asia. The authorities donate them to the various universities that perform plastination for scientific and educational purposes.

HUMAN BODIES is the only exhibition of plastinated specimens in Spain. The collection was plastinated at the state-of-the-art laboratory managed by Dr Rafael Latorre at the University of Murcia, the exhibition’s Scientific Director.