Animals Inside Out & a New World for Elmo

New exhibits at the Franklin Institute

A glimpse of the famous stoop through the entrance of Sesame Street Presents: The Body

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MetroKids recently attended the opening of two new Franklin Institute exhibits. Here’s what we encountered during our journey.

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

As we walked through this creepy yet fascinating exhibit, we got a view of the innermost workings of 100+ real animal specimens, including the giraffe and squid pictured here. Animals Inside Out delivers on the promise of its name, displaying the musculature, systems, organs and even some body slices of a variety of mammals, birds and sea life. (A prominent sign avers that no animals were harmed or killed in the assembly of this somewhat gruesome assemblage.) Longtime FI visitors will know that this edition of Body Worlds is the sequel to a 2006 exhibition, which featured the similar “plastination” of real human bodies.

Kids who are science-minded or considering a medical or veterinary career will dig this opportunity to delve deep into anatomy, as will those who relish the gross-out factor. The squeamish, however, should stay far away — the graphic nature of what goes on underneath the skin was a bit much for the MK team to take in. (There's a reason we didn't go to med school!) Example: We think it was the ostrich whose fluffy innards were a shocking, almost-neon red; we couldn't muster the stomach needed to get close enough to the glass case to read the plaque.

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