The exhibit brings visitors a closer look at the different systems of the body, how they work together and how disease and aging can affect you
Abu Dhabi has opened a new museum exploring the human body and how it works.
The Human Body Museum at Khalifa University is a permanent exhibition that offers everyone an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the human body and be inspired to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Located on the ground floor of the University, the museum’s unique exhibitions take visitors on a journey of learning and understanding the human body.
Managed by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Khalifa University, the Human Body Museum reinforces the University’s aim of educating future generations to lead healthy and informed lives.
The museum shows the different systems of the body (anatomy and “plastination” of the body), how these systems work together, and how disease and aging affect the human body.
“Exhibits include the muscular system, nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system (including the excretory system), reproductive system and how disease and aging affect these systems,” Dr. John Rock, Founding Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University said, senior vice president for health affairs and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, told the Khaleej Times at the museum’s inauguration on Thursday.
“The Body Museum is a fantastic opportunity to look inside the human body. Through the process of plastination, we are able to preserve dead bodies and give us a glimpse of what it looks like inside our bodies.”
He pointed out that the Museum of the Body aims to stimulate people’s interest in studying medicine and reflect a healthy lifestyle.
“The exhibits showcase the complexity, resilience and fragility of the human body in distress, disease or in optimal health. We believe the exhibition will help students in the UAE understand the wonders of the human body [the] the human body and gain an in-depth understanding of human anatomy, stages and how adopting a healthier lifestyle can positively impact the body,” explains Rock.
The purpose of the museum is to educate visitors about how each individual’s muscles and nerves function, and what happens when moving or concentrating – as in the case of a chess player – and how each muscle contracts and the nerves in the back follow a Every movement of the hand works.
The plastinated bodies in the museum also demonstrate the coordination of every movement of the swimmer’s feet, leg muscles, and arms in the water, as well as the athletes’ amazing muscle growth.
The display of lungs damaged by smoking in dark gray smokers also demonstrates just how damaging the bad habit can be to the body.
The Museum of the Body at Khalifa University is open to students from schools and universities across the UAE, as well as the general public.