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Human Body Gallery

The Human Body Gallery provides interactive displays and exhibits exploring a variety of topics on what makes us human and what keeps us alive, including physiology, genetics, and cell biology.

Wonder Years


Demonstration Station
At the Demonstration Station, volunteers and special presenters are on hand to show you more about the human body, using models, video, tissue samples, and other features. Pose questions and engage in explorations with knowledgeable staff about what makes us human.

Gallery Highlights

Human Body GalleryThe Cell Lab: Participate in a hands-on biology experience run by volunteers and staff giving you the opportunity to use real lab equipment and perform short experiments. Observe your own cheek cells under a microscope, extract DNA from wheat germ, stain and identify real chromosomes in a fruit fly dissection, and more.

Perception Theater: Step into the Perception Theater and prepare for an engaging and interactive experience. This 20-minute program is fully automated, and uses imaging, video, audio, and sensory experience to illustrate the "magic" of the brain and the power of perceptions. You'll be given the chance to participate in a number of experiments while seated in the theater that will demonstrate how your own brain works in ways you may not even have been aware.

Egyptian Mummy: Given to the Science Museum in 1925, the Egyptian mummy ranks as a favorite among visitors.

Bloodstream Superhighway: See and feel the experience of blood pumping through veins with a 100-foot-long, two-inch diameter clear plastic tube pumping blood-like fluid around the gallery's cardiovascular exhibits.

Body Hotel: Use a magnifying glass and microscope to view a variety of organisms that can live on or in the human body. Learn more about the residents who've checked into Hotel You.

Body Slices: View a real human skeleton and actual thinly sliced sections of a real human body that show what a body's insides look like.

Nano: Do you know about nano? Nano is anything so small it can only be measured in nanometers—one-billionth of a meter or 100,000 times smaller than the width of a hair! Learn what makes these tiny particles unique and what they're being used for.

Meet University of Minnesota Medical Students: Each year the University of Minnesota Medical School's Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society organizes medical students to volunteer at the Science Museum's Human Body gallery on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (schedule subject to change). Please stop by the Human Body gallery on Saturdays to chat with your future physicians!

Learn More About the Human Body

Habits of the Heart
Habits of the Heart provides classroom activities, videos, website animations, interactive exercises, and amazing facts about the heart and lungs. Habits of the Heart was funded by the Medtronic Foundation's STAR program.

Habits of the HeartTissues of Life
Learn about the four kinds of tissue in the human body, view close-up scans of various parts of the body, meet professionals who work in fields dealing with tissues, play interactive games, read up on tissue news, and more. Tissues of Life was funded by the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health.

What is the Human Genome? (PDF | 248 KB)
This map shows some of the approximately 25,000 genes in a human cell. Each rod on the map represents a chromosome. Each chromosome contains an arrangement of several hundred genes. The blue bands represent a stain that researchers use to identify chromosomes.

Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit group practice with services in Rochester, MN; Jacksonville, FL; and Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. Mayo Clinic is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of all illnesses and provides comprehensive guides on diseases and conditions, symptoms, drugs and supplements, and tests and procedures.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the CDC is to provide the public with expertise, information, and tools related to health promotion, disease prevention, injury, disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Schwitzer health news blog
A blog maintained by University of Minnesota Professor Gary J. Schwitzer who specializes in health care journalism. Prof. Schwitzer teaches health journalism and media ethics at the U of M and blogs about current issues in the news related to health and health care.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
NIAID conducts and supports research related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that acts as the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research to investigate the prevention of disease and the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases.

Neuroscience For Kids
Hosted by faculty members at the University of Washington, Neuroscience For Kids is a website created for students and teachers interested in learning about the nervous system. The site includes experiments, activities, and games that educate about the brain, spinal cord, neurons, and senses.