Real Bodies The Exhibition FAQs
The exhibition will open from 14 April 2018 for a limited time.
10am to 5pm (last entry 4.00pm), 7 days a week.
Byron Kennedy Hall is one of Australia’s oldest and most beautiful exhibition buildings. Byron Kennedy Hall is located within the Entertainment Quarter, an iconic entertainment, leisure and retail precinct located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. EQ features cinemas, restaurants, bars and retail shops, largely surrounding The Showring, an exceptional outdoor performance and event space, and the home of The EQ Village Markets. Situated immediately adjacent to the Sydney Cricket Ground, Allianz Stadium, Fox Studios, the Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, the EQ also offers ample public parking for over 2000 cars.
Monday – Friday, from 4pm, except during school holidays
7 days, 10am – 4pm
Monday – Friday, from 4pm, except during school holidays
7 days, 10am – 4pm
While everyone’s experience in the exhibition may be different, on average the highly immersive exhibition takes between 45 and 60 minutes to explore. However, all guests are welcome to stay and be fascinated by the 11 thought-provoking galleries as long as they like.
This is a great exhibition for all ages to enjoy, we recommend children aged 4 years and over will get the most out of their exhibition experience.
Yes, the exhibition can accommodate prams and strollers.
This exhibition is fully accessible.
There is a complimentary cloakroom available at the exhibition box office. Please note that large bags/backpacks are not permitted in the exhibition. If you do need to bring a bag you are welcome to use the cloakroom, however, there is limited storage available.
Two hours free parking is available at Wilson Parking at the Entertainment Quarter on non-event days (enter via Lang Road). Please click here for more information on parking rates and opening hours.
The exhibition is located ten minutes by bus from the CBD, Central Station and Bondi Junction. Many bus routes travel along Anzac Parade and visitors should alight at the Sydney Football Stadium (enter via Driver Avenue) or at Lang Road (enter via Errol Flynn Boulevarde). For the public transport timetable please click here. Please enter your destination as the Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
Yes, you can take photos. We would love it if you could tag us at: #realbodiesau
No food or drinks are permitted inside the exhibition.
No, there is no café at the exhibition. However, there are a number of cafes and restaurants in the precinct just a short walk from the Byron Kennedy Hall.
We recommend that you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on sold out days, to avoid the queues, and are able to see the exhibition on the day that you would like. When a session sells out, tickets are not available for purchase at the box office.
Tickets for the exhibition are available online through the exhibition website, or via Ticketbooth, in person at the venue box office or over the phone on 02 8310 7948.
When you purchase your tickets, you will be asked to choose a date and time you would like to see the exhibition. For example, if you purchase tickets for 20 April 2018 at 10.30am, you will enter between 10.30am and 11am. This half hour window allows us to manage the number of people in the exhibition at any given time to ensure all guests have a smooth experience.
No. Tickets are for one entry per person only. Used tickets will show as such in our system to prevent re-entry, so visitors should purchase tickets only from official outlets.
Tickets for the next available session can be purchased online or from the venue box office on the day. We strongly recommend that you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment.
Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. We do have undated/untimed tickets available which allow you to enter the exhibition on any day at any time.
For all group and school group sales, please call 0402 700 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Group discounts are available for 8+ visitors. School discounts are also available. Plus 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets (for a teacher / chaperone).
Teachers accompanying school groups receive complimentary tickets in the ratio of 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets (for a teacher / chaperone). Teachers visiting with their friends or families (not on an excursion) will need to pay the adult rate for entry.
Yes, gift vouchers can be purchased. Gift vouchers are untimed and undated and can be used for the next available session during the exhibition hours.
Real Bodies The Exhibition is a comprehensive educational experience with multi-layered narratives and unique individual specimens presented in dramatic, compelling environments. The full body specimens are presented in more dynamic poses with superior dissection and detail than similar exhibitions. The exhibition also consists of immersive environments of art, science and culture such as the Anatomist’s Study, which is similar to a walk through cabinet of curiosities that includes unique and sometimes strange examples of the early days of anatomical study. Real Bodies The Exhibition explores much more than just the human anatomical systems and the way we work. It is not only an in-depth look at the “how” of human anatomy, but also an exploration of “why,” posing deeper questions in each gallery such as “Why are we here?” “Where are we going?” and “What becomes of us?”
Real Bodies The Exhibition uses real human specimens that have been respectfully preserved to explore the complex inner workings of the human form in a refreshing and thought-provoking style. System by system, the exhibition provides an approachable and fascinating insight into what's happening inside every one of us. The exhibition also explores how elements such as breathing, hunger, the rhythm of the heart, and other essential body functions have deep cultural and emotional significance that reach as far back as the dawn of humanity.
The process used by Real Bodies The Exhibition is commonly used in this type of preservation. The method is called Polymer Preservation and uses liquid silicone rubber to prevent the natural body process of decaying – ultimately permanently preserving the body. The experts that preserve the displays at the exhibition are the best in the business, allowing for nearly perfect preservation. The process can take up to a year, depending on the size of the organ or size of the overall body.
What do we hope audiences of Real Bodies The Exhibition will take away from their experience at this new exhibition?
We want visitors to have fun while learning more about themselves through the study of the human form presented in this approachable and thoughtful way. We hope they come away with an uplifting sense of how resilient, creative, and hopeful humanity has been through time – and continues to be today. Real Bodies The Exhibition offers a message of unity in a time the world can use it most.
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 30 unique exhibitions in museums, science centres, aquariums, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues worldwide. In addition to developing successful travelling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With over 25 years of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit www.ImagineExhibitions.com or find us on Facebook.
The specimens in Real Bodies The Exhibition are provided by Dalian Hoffen Bio-Technique Co. Ltd, one of the world’s leading centres of plastination research and innovation. The specimens are all unclaimed bodies that have been donated by the relevant authorities to medical universities in China. The specimens featured in the exhibition were donated legally, were never prisoners of any kind, showed no signs of trauma or injury, were free of infectious disease, and died of natural causes.
An unclaimed body is an individual that has passed away whom no next of kin have come forward to claim, or cannot be found within a period of time set by the relevant authorities.
The exact process varies from province to province, but for example, if a person passes away in a place other than a hospital, the police may make local enquires at the scene of the discovery of the body and with persons in the vicinity who may know or have knowledge of the deceased, to ascertain as far as possible the details surrounding the death and the contact details of the family members. Searches will also be made in the police computer databases, if necessary, to see if he/she is wanted or has been reported missing. If the body is still unclaimed after a set period however, the coroner will designate the body as unclaimed, and the mortuary will inform the relevant government department to remove the dead body for cremation or donation to medical universities.
Although timeframes can vary from province to province in China, the average timeframe is approximately 30 days.
Waiting periods vary by province, mortuary availability and the needs of the education and research facilities. The legal minimum is 3 months.
The coroner for the relevant local authority where the body is discovered.
In the absence of physical injury, under what circumstances would the death of a person be unclaimed and unidentified?
There could be many causes of death, for example a non-infectious disease such as cancer. A person’s body could be unclaimed for many reasons, for example the deceased had no identification at the time of his or her death, or no next of kin can be found to claim the body.
The coroner for the relevant local authority where the body is discovered determines the cause of death.
The polymer preservation, or plastination, process could be 10 days or 100 years after death, as long as the body has been preserved. Contrary to some reports, the plastination process does not need to begin within 24-48 hours after death.
No. Many countries allow unclaimed bodies to be donated for research and education purposes including South Africa, Brazil, India and some states of the USA, for example the state of Maryland.
No. Real Bodies The Exhibition has never been banned, nor has it ever been found to violate ethical or legal standards in any of the countries it has visited.
What contact has there been with Australian Governments about the exhibition’s regulatory compliance?
Imagine Exhibitions, which is presenting Real Bodies The Exhibition, contacted and provided a briefing to the NSW Health in March 2018, as well as the Commonwealth Department of Health. The briefing included assurances around the exhibition content, compliance with applicable Acts, and invited both health authorities to advise of any further requirements. The Commonwealth Department of Health provided human biosecurity approval in mid-March 2018. The NSW Department of Health has not advised Imagine Exhibitions of any further requirements.