Museum Plans to Open Corpse Exhibition Despite State Board's Ruling

Gainsville, FL -

The owners of a controversial exhibit featuring plasticized human corpses are vowing to open at a Tampa museum this weekend. That's despite a state board voting that it would be illegal to do so.

Florida's Anatomical Board oversees the use of cadavers at the state's medical schools. It voted four-to-two today in Gainesville to deny a request by the owners of 'BODIES, the Exhibition' to open a show at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. It displays real bodies and body parts preserved with a process that replaces human tissue with silicone rubber.

Board members who voted against the exhibition said they were uncomfortable with the notion that neither the owners of the bodies nor their families granted permission for them to be displayed.

The corpses belonged to Chinese people and went unclaimed or unidentified before being turned over to a medical school.

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