Saint Louis Science Center Named one of America’s Most Visited Museums

Science Center is only Missouri Museum Included in Top 25 List from Forbest Traveler

ST. LOUIS – Forbes Traveler has named the Saint Louis Science Center as one of America’s 25 Most Visited Museums. The Science Center is the only Missouri museum to make to list, which is based on 2006 visitor counts, with the Science Center’s totaling more than 1.2 million.

Joining the Saint Louis Science Center on the list are many of the Smithsonian Institute’s 19 museums; the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles; and the Field Museum in Chicago. The American Association of Museums estimates that there are approximately 600 million visits to U.S. museums annually.

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Body Worlds St. Louis Tops 100,000 – Breaks Previous Records

BODY WORLDS 3 on Record-Setting Pace; Tops 100,000 Tickets Sold

Travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport get a Sneak Preview of BODY WORLDS 3
Incredible “Six Meter Woman” plastinate installed in airport main terminal ticketing hall

ST. LOUIS, November 20, 2007 ? The blockbuster exhibition BODY WORLDS 3 is on a record-setting pace at the Saint Louis Science Center, more than doubling the previous tickets sold in the first month of any prior presentation.
 
More than 100,000 tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 were sold as of Monday, November 19. It opened exactly one month ago. By comparison, ticket sales of Titanic in 2001?the previous record-holder?totaled 45,000 in the first month of public display. The popular Grossology exhibition opened in 2000 and sold 42,000 tickets in its first month.
 
BODY WORLDS 3 has proven to be everything we thought it would be in Saint Louis and more.” said Doug King, President & CEO of the Science Center. “Our patrons are fascinated, amazed, and enthralled by this thought-provoking exhibition.”
 
The reach of BODY WORLDS 3 is expanding as air travelers making their way through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport over the busy travel weekend will get a special sneak preview of the highly-acclaimed exhibition. BODY WORLDS 3 has installed an incredible Six Meter Woman specimen in Lambert?s Main Terminal Ticketing Hall. The specimen will remain in the airport through the run of the exhibition, which ends on March 2, 2008.
 
The Six Meter Woman is a transparent, plastinated body comprised of 83 slices representing all of the body?s regions.  Placement of the body slices at 12 cm intervals permits viewers to look more deeply into the body.
 
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician?s 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination?von Hagens? groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.
 
Tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 are available and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 314-421-4400. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available.  For full ticket information, including a listing of extended hours, visit slsc.org.

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About BODY WORLDS 3
BODY  WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist, and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors?individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information visit www.bodyworlds.com.
 
About the Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America?s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit slsc.org
 
About Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Lambert is the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S. as ranked by Airports Council International-North America. Lambert serves more than 15 million passengers a year with 360 daily departures to 77 national and international destinations. For more information on flights and services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, log onto www.lambert-stl.com.

The Tech Opens in Second Life

by Wendy Pollock

The Tech in Second Life

On December 11, the Tech Museum of Innovation opened a replica of its San Jose, California, facility in the virtual world of Second Life and announced a design competition on the theme of “Art, Film, and Music.” Curators, artists, craftspeople, and exhibit builders worldwide are invited to participate. An online collaboration platform will enable participants to find and work with others, access tools, participate in forums, and view guidelines and tutorials. Some of the winning exhibits will be replicated in the real-world museum in San Jose.

Tours, general meetings, and “Learn to Build” and “Learn to Script” sessions are being offered on a regular basis. An event schedule can be found on The Tech Virtual. The Tech in Second Life can be found by searching for “The Tech” island from within Second Life.

The Tech’s virtual exhibition creation initiative in Second Life is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Call for New Science Center Exhibit Ideas

Science Center 2008 has launched a call for new exhibit ideas for the Saint Louis Science Center.  The completely unofficial campaign already has a few ideas posted like replacing the large Buckminster Fullermap on the three story atrium wall with a giant interactive Google Earth projection.

Google Earth Science Center Atrium

Similar to a “wiki” or a collaborative web site, the idea is to develop a series of collaborative ideas that can be applied to the real world.  Organizers of the effort hope that after the first year a few of the projects will be selected and financially supported by the public to see them built.

Science Center New Exhibit Ideas Page

Toledo Science Center to Close?

A recent article in the Detroit News covers the expected close of the Toledo Science Center at the end of this month due to lack of financial support in the community.  Read statement on the web site and suggestions to help keep COSI Toledo open.

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DISCOVER Magazine Presents the Top 100 Science Stories of 2007

‘The Year in Science,’ on Stands Now, Focuses on 2007 Breakthroughs    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ — DISCOVER Magazine presents the top 100 science stories of 2007 in its annual January issue entitled “The Year in Science.” The issue hits newsstands today.
“We chose these 100 stories not only because of their news value but because they focus on breakthroughs that are changing the way we view the world,” said Corey S. Powell, Executive Editor of DISCOVER Magazine. “This issue is an opportunity to reflect on the scientific advancements that made an impact on everyday life this past year, and which will undeniably have an impact going forward.”

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BODY WORLDS 3 AT THE SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER UNVEILS INSTALLATION OF REAL ADULT & BABY CAMEL PLASTINATES

Astounding animal specimens added to exhibition inside Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME

ST. LOUIS, — December 11, 2007 The record-breaking exhibition BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center will unveil a striking animal plastinate duo, The Camel with Baby Camel on Thursday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. with the assistance of its Forest Park neighbor, The Saint Louis Zoo.

Visitors will marvel at the unique anatomy of a camel and its calf, and learn about the uses for the humps on the camel’s back in which fat is stored. This stored fat can be broken down to supply both energy and water, which in turn makes it possible for camels to go without food or water for several days or even weeks. When these fatty reserves are broken down, the humps will shrink, causing them to fall over to one side.

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