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Monday, April 11, 2011

Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Science Center is focused on inspiring, educating, and entertaining people about science. The Center is located in Heritage and Science Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Home to over 350 permanent hands-on exhibits, the Center is able to provide their 400,000 annual visitors with interactive experiences. Aside from the permanent exhibitions, Arizona Science Center has featured a number of nationally traveling exhibitions. Along with daily demonstrations throughout the Center, the Center provides shows in the Dorrance Planetarium and in the new, five-story, giant screen IMAX Theater. This non-profit corporation provides special educational programs and science activities for visitors of all ages including, summer science camp, Adult’s Night Out, thematic events, Stroller Science pre-school programs, and the Science on Wheels outreach program. 

Arizona Science Center, formerly the Arizona Museum of Science & Technology, was conceived in 1980 as a pilot science center by the Junior League of Phoenix. Incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation in 1982, the Science Center opened its doors to the public in 1984 as a small 10,000 square foot storefront exhibition space located in the parking garage level of the downtown Phoenix Hyatt. The museum saw more than 87,000 visitors during its first year of operations and reached more than 750,000 children and adults during its 13-year history. Some of the original hands-on exhibits are still found in the Center today.

Growth in attendance and an increasing demand for informal science education programs led to the Science Center being awarded more than $33 million in voter-approved disbursements by the 1988 City of Phoenix Bond to provide the land and construction of the Science Center's new permanent home.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain is now at Arizona Science Center through May 30, 2011. This all-new version of Dr. Gunther von Hagens' world-famous exhibition looks at the body in a previously unseen way! With over 200 authentic human specimens, and highlights on recent neuroscience findings on brain development, function and disease.

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original, precedent-setting public anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies, by physician, anatomist, and inventor of Plastination, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The exhibition offers visitors an in-depth view of the intricately designed human body, comparative anatomy showing wellness and disease, and the mysterious world of the brain.

Specimens on display in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from the Institute for Plastination's unique body donation program, which von Hagens began in 1983. There are more than 9,000 body donors on the Institute's body donation roster.

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