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Old 03-24-2019, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Nov3 View Post
Chapel of Bones.
Utilizing remains for art or structure.

Zero desire to pay to see it. Macabre isn't for my liking.
There are several “chapel of bones” type attractions in Europe. Have seen the Capuchin Crypt in Rome, which was plenty creepy, as well as St. Michael’s in Dublin (which technically doesn’t qualify, but is listed below). A link to some of these here:

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Old 03-24-2019, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Sand&Salt View Post
I saw it a decade ago, and looks like it's still at Luxor. A world-traveling friend had never heard of it, so I checked on it today.

Who has seen it, and how did you like it? I was in there so long, totally fascinated, the attendant had to come and find me as DH was worried. He wouldn't go in it 'cause he thought the bodies might have been executed. Doubt that.

No, it came out years ago when we saw it in Cincinnati that there were so many young fit bodies, they had to have been executed.

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Old 03-24-2019, 02:00 PM
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We went to the traveling exhibit in Raleigh just last month. DH was initially not willing to go, but eventually changed his mind. We went with another couple.

I'll probably catch flack for this, but it was fascinating. AND educational. We learned a lot about our bodies - why our joints ache, what happened to my brain when I had a stroke, etc. Yes, we knew all this stuff before, but seeing it as it is displayed is incredibly informative.

I could have spent hours in that place, but others wanted to go to lunch.

The area with the fetuses was in a separate room, with warnings outside. I openly admit that I found that area disconcerting, even disturbing. Yet, still compelling and enlightening.

There were school groups there, and a few parents with older children. They seemed as fascinated as I was.
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:49 PM
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Old news, but still fresh to some I see.

I saw it in 2007, I remember taking a date to the Seattle expo, whom is today a friend. We were better friends than lovers. She liked it. I found it vapid and ghoulish, more for shock value than as abstract art. I'm not squeamish but see why it was protested by certain pressure groups as potentially disrespectful of the departed.

Pass. Waste of my money (though not time, see previous paragraph first sentences).
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:22 PM
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I wanted to go to the one in KC years ago but DH and I were concerned about the source of the bodies. If I could be confident that they were obtained ethically I'd go.

For those of you who are interested in this type of exhibit, I HIGHLY recommend the Surgeons Museum in Edinburgh- they have rooms full of tumors of every possible type, bones with signs of ankylosis, rickets, arthritis, osteomyelitis.. everything possible. I spent a couple of hours in there.
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:56 PM
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I saw it in either Kansas City or Des Moines many years ago.. It's.. Interesting.. Not something I'd pay money to see again. I can certainly see how some people would find it creepy.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:39 AM
Location: Bel Air, California
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saw it when it was at the Tropicana years ago, found nothing at all appealing to it and I left after a few minutes. I have no doubt that grave robbers are using these poor souls for our amusement and their profit.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:57 AM
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I wonder if that show was in Denver before 2010? There was a show we saw with gross bodily scientific exhibits and good explanations, but I think its title included the word Gross. Kids adored it and, in some cases, sort of trashed the hands-on items.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:43 AM
Location: equator
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Fascinating to see the varying replies. I know this is a sensitive topic with strongly-held beliefs.

I guess it's whether you think a dead body is sacred (throw me to the crows or fishes). If you are not a medical student, you would never get the chance to see how our bodies are "fearfully and wonderfully made". I was totally engrossed in how our bodies operate--the very elaborate systems that keep us alive.

It's important to see a fatty liver, or a smoker's lung.

I don't like gratuitous violence or horror movies, but the science of this exhibit was compelling.

But I understand it's different for everyone.
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:31 AM
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Oh you mean the Chinese political prisoners? Yea. Ghoulish but, informative.

...odd, how even without the skin, the height, build and, even underlying muscular structures of the upper cheekbones very clearly show the bodies to be overwhelmingly Chinese.

...heh, even our art is manufactured in China now apparently...
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