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Media Contact: 

BODY WORLDS:
Georgina Gomez (213) 744-2679

or for California Science Center:
Shell Amega, Paula Wagner or Natalie Lesly
(213) 744-7446

 
January 19, 2005

To Accommodate Large Crowds Rushing
to Beat the Closing of BODY WORLDS,
the California Science Center Goes 24 HOURS on Saturday Night!

 

LOS ANGELESBODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies will be open 24 hours on Saturday night. To accommodate unprecedented, large numbers of visitors before the closing of the exhibit on January 23, the California Science Center for the first time in its history will be open for 24 hours.

Visitor numbers exceeded 10,000 per day over the King holiday weekend, more than double the average attendance. Large visitor numbers caused traffic jams and a 45-minute wait for the last mile on the 110 Harbor Freeway leading to Exposition Park. All available parking lots were filled to capacity and the Science Center quickly installed electronic traffic signs to help direct drivers coming to the exhibit. Meanwhile at the Science Center ticket office, long lines of BODY WORLDS visitors waited up to five hours to see the exhibit.

To ease this congestion and allow more people to see BODY WORLDS, organizers have increased opening hours to commence at 7:00 a.m. on the last weekend of the exhibition, beginning January 22 and will remain open for 24 hours until midnight on Sunday evening. This extension follows the recent special announcement of the exhibit being open until midnight on the closing weekend. Extra tickets are now online at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph notes, “These attendance figures have more than surpassed our expectations. To date, we have had over 600,000 visitors to the exhibit. We were originally anticipating 400,000. We are pleased that the public is taking this rare opportunity to learn about the complexity and wonder of the human body. BODY WORLDS 2 is coming and we are thrilled that we will have the opportunity to extend this experience.” This exhibit marks the most successful exhibit in the history of the Science Center. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit was the second most well-attended exhibit with a total attendance of 235,000.

For the final week of BODY WORLDS the opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday, January 19: 10:00-9:00 (last admission 8pm)
Thursday, January 20: 10:00-9:00 (last admission 8pm)
Friday, January 21: 10:00- Midnight (last admission 10:30pm)
Saturday, January 22: 7:00- 24hrs New!
Sunday, January 23: open-12:00 a.m. (last admission 10:30 pm) New!

BODY WORLDS 2 opens 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. January 29 through March 23.

We encourage all visitors to purchase timed tickets online or by telephone to ensure admission!

BODY WORLDS will close its doors at midnight on January 23 and BODY WORLDS 2 will open on January 29, 2005.

For general information, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623) or visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org

COMPLETE BODY WORLDS 2 ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT AVAILABLE ONLINE (please note: large file size)


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