Milwaukee County Zoo to host animal version of ‘Body Worlds’

Exhibit to open May 6

A bull that will be on display at "Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out."

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:13 pm

The Milwaukee County Zoo will be the first North American zoo to host the animal version of popular traveling science exhibit “Body Worlds.”

Camels in the "Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out" exhibit.
Camels in the “Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out” exhibit.

“Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out” will be on display beginning May 6 at the zoo’s Otto Borchert Family Special Exhibits Building. The exhibit was create by “Body Worlds” creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens and his wife, Dr. Angelina Whalley. “Body Worlds” uses preserved cadavers to display the inner workings of the human body, and has been exhibited twice in Milwaukee, drawing large crowds at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

“Animal Inside Out” does the same with animals, showing anatomy and physiology, including their skeleton foundations, muscles, soft tissues and nervous

A bull that will be on display at "Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out."
A bull that will be on display at “Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out.”

systems. The exhibit also will cover conservation issues. It includes more than 100 specimens preserved through von Hagens’ Plastination process, including goats, giraffes, bulls and birds. No animals were harmed or killed in the making of the exhibit. It is designed for visitors of all ages.

“The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to be the first zoo in North America to host the exhibit,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “We’re excited to offer this opportunity at the zoo for visitors to learn about conservation and the fascinating inner workings of a variety of animal species through this exhibit.”

The exhibit, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, will be on display May 6 through Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission will be $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12, after regular zoo admission. Timed tickets are on sale at

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Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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