Things to do and see in SoCal {Two new exhibits: Titanic and Bodies}

*I was not paid for this review, however, I did receive free admission as well as the tickets to giveaway. All opinions are my own. 

This week I attended a preview for two amazing new exhibits in Buena Park, CA. Titanic the Experience and Bodies... the Exhibition.
First off, let me just say that both of these exhibits were pretty amazing. Titanic the Experience was historical and educational, and Bodies... the exhibition was kinda like something you've never seen before, unless you are a surgeon or perform autopsies. Honestly, Bodies made my stomach feel a little uneasy. Read on to find out why.

Titanic the Experience
 Titanic the experience is an innovative way to teach historical facts about something that most people feel they are familiar with. Yes, we've all seen the fictitious version with Jack and Rose, but it is a real mind trip to see artifacts that were actually retrieved from the wreckage. 
This was a recreation of one of the lifeboats. It is pretty insane to see the size of these things, and to see how many people could have fit in them. We all know that there were not enough lifeboats for the amount of passengers on the ship, thankfully the regulations changed after the Titanic perished. 
A model of Titanic
Full recreations of the halls and of one of the rooms of the Titanic. Pretty crazy to see the small quarters that the 1st class slept in. 

There are numerous artifacts from the ship to look at throughout the exhibit. There is even a part of the Titanic that you can touch. Pictured above and below is a floor tile from First Class Dining room, and I guess the reason I found this really interesting is because you can see that there is obvious deterioration because it was retrieved so many years later from the sea floor, but how much of it that is still in tact really blew my mind! 
The Iceberg
A definite highlight to the exhibit is the iceberg. Being able to touch the iceberg and get a tiny idea about just how cold the water must have been for the passengers that went into the below freezing waters. 
This room was really cool! 
The room gives you a feeling of walking on the sea floor. You walk on glass, above sand, and the lights projected in the room give the illusion of being undersea. It kinda made me dizzy, and a little uncomfortable to be walking on a see through floor, but the information that the room presents was really interesting. It explains how they were able to visit the Titanic wreckage and retrieve artifacts. 
This exhibit is really cool. You think that you know everything there is to know about the Titanic, but I guarantee you will leave with some new insight into this part of our history. 

 Bodies... the exhibition
Okay, enough can't be said about this exhibit. Seriously, I didn't think that it would affect me at all, I mean I can watch doctor shows on t.v. and blood doesn't make me squirm at all. But, I was wrong. Walking in and seeing the Skeletal system was one thing, I see skeletons every Halloween, no big deal. Then I got to the muscular system. Seeing the layers of skin and muscle, made my stomach feel a little weak. Not enough to make me turn around and leave, the information was way too interesting to turn around. The experience was completely worth my hour long queasiness. 

See, a skeleton, no big deal. I mean, impressive, yes. 
And then realizing that these are real human bodies was what puts it all into perspective.
Muscles of the head... whoa. Okay, enter queasiness here! That is a real half a head! The layers of  muscle separated from the skin and bone was just a bit too much for me. 
This is one body. 
They separated the skeletal system from the muscular system, and shows you that within your body, one system can not rely on itself alone. 
Yup.. that is what you and I  look like on the inside when we shoot hoops! 
This was by far the most impressive to me. These are the nerves. I don't think I ever pictured what my nerves look like inside my body, I mean, they are there, but what do they look like. If you can see, it starts in the brain, and they go down your body. 

This exhibit is the best lesson into your body that there could be. Another interesting part of the exhibit, is the diseased body parts and what cancer, gallstones, strokes, and aneurysms look like.  Also, just as an FYI, there is a portion of the exhibit that covers fetal development. You can decide whether or not to view this exhibit, because it can be difficult for some people. Personally, I walked through it, but didn't look closely at the specimens, I just read the provided information. 

If you are near the Buena Park area and are looking for something to do, go check out these exhibits! You will leave with a ton of information and insight into a piece of our history and our bodies. 

Premier Exhibition Center

7711 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620 
Former Movieland Wax Museum


Single show price 
Adult: $16.75
Child: $12.75
Combo price (both shows)
Adult: $28.50
Child: $20.50