One of my favorite destinations in Lower Manhattan is the South Street Seaport. I often times travel here on a day off to enjoy some of the restaurants and the different crowd that comes out to the mall week in and week out. For some reason I never really noticed The New York Bodies Exhibit on Fulton Street until I took a visiting friend down to the Seaport for a visit. The Exhibit advertises its self as showing over 200 real human bodies, meaning they compiled the displays with authentic human remains. This may seem a tad bit creepy, but what better way to get to know your self?
At the start of the exhibit, depending on your level of interest in history you might find yourself a little overwhelmed as they throw fact after fact at you, letting you know how the research of the human body has developed (I know I was). As you pass through each room, the display gets better and better. The first displays you see are the skeletons, which we’ve all seen enough of but the digestive system and the respiratory system were big convo starters. And trust me, I’m no nerd! We opted to go without the audio tour, which cost a few bucks more, and from the reaction of others who invested, it was a very dry monotone narration.
The best thing about the Bodies Exhibit was seeing all the young kids reactions to everything. A young boy named Timmy or Tommy had us in tears, as he shouted out “this is the real deal mom! This-is-the-real-deal!” This is definitely the perfect place to bring your son/daughter or niece/nephew to have fun and learn something meaningful. Also, Bodies is a cool way to get one of your family members or friends to stop smoking because the visual damage caused by decay on some of the respiratory displays was mind-boggling. If there was anything I felt regretful about it was certainly the fetuses they had preserved in jars. There is a warning before you enter this point of the exhibition but curiosity won’t let you leave without venturing further. I was just happy I got through this part without having to make a call to maintenance for clean up. All in all, this was my most enjoyable museum experience in NYC but you’ll need at least a couple of hours of free time to spend to ensure you get to everything.
The bodies Exhibit is open year-round in NYC. you can visit Monday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm (extended to 9pm on Saturday & Sunday) and admission is a tidy $26.50 for adults and $20.50 for children under age 12, with a special student price offering. The Box Office is at The South Street Seaport, Pier 17 in Downtown New York and opens at 10:00 AM daily. For more details, please see the Bodies…The Exhibition website, here.