Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of the exhibition?
The purpose of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is to inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for the animal world. The exhibition will allow visitors the unique opportunity to explore the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures, using the amazing science of Plastination.A visit to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT will go beyond what is seen in zoos, aquariums and animal parks. Visitors will be better able to understand the inner workings of animals and compare them to human anatomy, resulting in a new understanding of the amazing beauty of both animals and humans.

Is this exhibition appropriate for children?
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT was designed for visitors of all ages to better understand animal anatomy. Children and adults will be delighted when they discover curiosities about animals – like the reason why reindeers can navigate icy ground, what the giraffe's tongue is capable of, and why bulls have such strength. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see and learn about animals like never before.

What is Plastination?
Invented by scientist and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, Plastination is the groundbreaking method of halting decomposition to preserve anatomical specimens for scientific and medical education. Plastination is the process of extracting all bodily fluids and soluble fat from specimens, replacing them through vacuum-forced impregnation with reactive resins and elastomers, and then curing them with light, heat or certain gases, which give the specimens rigidity and permanence. For more information about Dr. von Hagens, the inventor of the Plastination technique and creator of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions and ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, please visit

Where did the animals on display come from?
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a Body Worlds Production is made possible with cooperation between various university veterinary programs, zoos and animal groups. No animal was harmed or killed for this exhibition.
Among the animals in the exhibition, are human specimens, originating from the Institute for Plastination's body donation program. The generosity of these individual donors has made it possible to present human specimens in this and all of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, are honored to be able to conserve and present these biological wonders of nature for anatomical study. They hope that this exhibition will show visitors the similarities between humans and animals, leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals.

Where have the animal plastinates been shown before?
More than 100 Animal plastinates are being shown for the first time, together in this unique exhibition. The majority of the specimens had never been seen before. Some animal plastinates had been previously incorporated in BODY WORLDS The Original exhibitions. The popularity of these animal specimens prompted curator, Dr. Angelina Whalley to compose ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a Body Worlds Production.

What will be the subsequent exhibition locations?
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT will be on display in North America beginning March 14, 2013. This exhibition will have its North American debut at the Museum of Science and Industry,Chicago (MSI). The exhibition will continue touring zoos, museums and science centers. Please check the Exhibition tab for updates on future locations.

How long will I need to fully appreciate the exhibition?
This comprehensive exhibition includes detailed information on the specimens shown and further explorations of the animal kingdom. Average duration of a visit to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT is one hour. Guests are welcome to remain in the exhibition as long as they wish, within opening hours. 

Can I take photographs or film in the exhibitions?
Taking photographs and filming, including the use of mobile phone cameras, is not allowed in the ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition. Exceptions are made for accredited members of the media.