Body Worlds Animals Inside Out Exhibition
The first thing we saw when entering the Body Worlds Animals Inside Out exhibition was a dog. My son instantly said it’s Eddie, who is our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Whilst this is a different breed of dog the way it has been preserved captured the essence of the animal. Caught in mid flight catching a Frisbee in its mouth it showed the playful nature of the animal. We were able to see clearly how all the muscles in the animal worked together to enable it to move.
These skeletons clearly showed the difference between man and animal, it was interesting to see the comparison in the way the bones are structured. You can see clearly how the skeleton has adapted for different types of movement.
In this pig you can clearly see how the blood vessels carry the blood around the body with a fine web of blood vessels and capillaries. It is amazing how many are needed to get the blood around the body from the heart.
It is only when you see the larger animals like the cow, gorilla and elephant that you realise how much work has gone into preserving these animals. The elephant took two and half years to preserve and only when you look at it do you realise how many muscles are inside the animal to allow it to move. It is really amazing to see animals in this way and we certainly learnt a lot from the experience.
What else can you see at the Life Science Centre?
Animals Inside Out is a fascinating exhibit and you can certainly spend at least an hour looking around but there are plenty of other things to do at the Life Science Centre. There are hands on exhibitions like the Curiosity Zone and Experiment Zone as well as a special area for the under sevens, the Young Explorers Zone. There is a 4D Motion Ride, the Planetarium and live shows in the Science Theatre.
On this visit we took in a show in the Science Theatre which was all about the history of flight. We got to learn about how we ended up with the aircraft we have today due to the pioneering efforts of a number of notable figures like the Wright brothers. It was really interesting and well presented. We also took in a show at the planetarium which showed the difference in the skies above Newcastle and the dark sky park in Kielder Water. When in Kielder you can see around 3000 more stars due to the lack of surrounding light in the area. We got a tour of the stars that you can see in the night skies at this time of year as well as a view of what it is like in the International Space Station. It was an absorbing experience and I learnt a few new constellations to look for at night.
The 4D motion ride is always worth a visit. Every time we go it is a different ride, you sit in a seat in front of a cinema screen with 3D googles. As the film progresses the seats move and you really feel as though you are taking part in the action. With smells and sounds thrown in the ride is unique.
If you are hungry there are two cafes. The Life cafe serves hot and cold meals and has a great selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a cafe in the gift shop that serves cold meals. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.
A ticket for the Centre for Life is £34 for a family ( 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children) or £14 for adults and £8.00 for children (aged 5 -17). It is well worth a visit as there is so much to do.
You may also be interested in reading about our visit to the Maker Faire at the Life Science Centre earlier this year.
We were invited to a bloggers afternoon at Life Science Centre and received complementary tickets. I was under no obligation to write about our experience and the opinions are my own.