The ‘Animal Inside Out’ Exhibit Looks Smart and Kinda Scary

The Museum of Science and Industry’s summer attraction takes an intimate look inside animals’ skin and bones.

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A skinless bull. A sliced-up crocodile. A three-headed camel. Sound like something you want to see?

Then take a look at Dr. Gunther von Hagen’s ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a follow-up to his skin-shedding Body Worlds exhibit. The show, which made its U.S. premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry last week, gives brave visitors the opportunity to view the complex biology and physiology of more than 100 mammals, reptiles, and sea creatures.

You can see the critters’ intricate skeletal, muscular and nervous systems—nerves can be finer than human hair!—thanks to plastination, a process that preserves the body by replacing body fat and water with hard plastic. The details appear to be quite graphic.

It’s not for everybody. In fact, if you couldn’t stomach the smoker from Body Worlds (my little sister gagged and zoomed through the rest of the exhibit with her head down), this might not be for you. But if you can handle it, the show runs through September 2.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. 

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