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"Body Worlds" in Milwaukee

Tips for Visiting "Body Worlds" at the Milwaukee Public Museum

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The "Football Gladiators": these new plastinates debuted at the Milwaukee Public Museum's showing of the "Body Worlds" exhibition in March of 2008.

photo © Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany, www.bodyworlds.com

"Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds 1: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies" was a temporary traveling exhibition at the Milwaukee Public Museum. It closed on June 1, 2008.

"Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds 1: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies" opened at the Milwaukee Public Museum in January of 2008, and is slated to run until June 1. For those of you who are interested in going to "Body Worlds" in Milwaukee but haven't yet, I suggest you go soon -- attendance is soaring, and trends point to the exhibition getting busier as we move through spring. (Full disclosure: I am an employee of the Milwaukee Public Museum, and indeed have been watching these attendance numbers grow daily.)

As such, I have a few tips for visiting "Body Worlds" at the Milwaukee Public Museum -- and these are going to hold true whether you attend this week, a month from now, or during the closing weeks:

To Avoid a Crowd and a Wait

  • Make a reservation - Entrance to "Body Worlds" is regulated to 15-minute intervals, and only 125 people are allowed to enter per interval. Thus, if you go to the Museum at 5:55 p.m. with the intent to enter the exhibition at 6 p.m., there is a good chance that you will not be able to do so -- the 125 spots for 6 p.m. may have already been booked. During very busy periods, these entry times may be filled to capacity for an hour or two before a few slots open up -- simply reserving a ticket solves this problem.
  • Attend during less crowded times - the Milwaukee Public Museum has extended its hours on Thurdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate evening and weekend traffic. While Fridays and Saturdays are often quite busy during the day, attendance drops sharply come 5 p.m., making these evening a good to time attend. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons are also much less busy, although weekday mornings can sometimes get crowded with school groups.

To Save Money

  • Attend on a Monday Milwaukee County residents always receive free admission to the Museum on Mondays, which knocks the General Admission price off the "Body Worlds" ticket price (note: you still must pay a "Body Worlds" admission fee. Free Mondays are always very busy days, so while it is a price saver, do expect to deal with crowds.
  • Attend on a weekday - "Body Worlds" admission is a few dollars higher on Saturdays and Sundays, making Tuesday - Thursday the ideal time to attend to both avoid crowds and get a better price.

  • "Body Worlds" at the Milwaukee Public Museum
    When: through June 1, 2008
    Where: 800 W. Wells St.
    How much: $20 - $24 (senior, child and membership discounts available)
    Contact: 414.223.4676

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