A memorable exhibit can help a person keep their mind off the bills piling up at home or the coughing squatter who often gets stuck in the chimney. Get your mind off things with this GrouponLive deal to the Body Worlds Vital exhibit at the Anchorage Museum. For $20, you get two adult tickets, which include admission to the exhibit and to the museum’s permanent galleries (up to a $40 value). The exhibit is open during regular museum hours. Adult tickets are valid for guests aged 13 and older; the exhibit is not recommended for children younger than 12.
Conceived by Dr. Gunther von Hagens—the inventor of the preservative plastination technique used in the exhibit—Body Worlds Vital showcases carefully conserved human bodies, revealing the anatomy's inner workings to inquisitive eyes. After the skin has been removed and the degradable cells have been replaced with hardened plastic, the bodies are displayed to allow guests to see the beauty of intricately connected systems of muscles and marvel at the delicate filigree of blood vessels. The exhibit juxtaposes healthy bodies against those suffering from disease and malfunction, demonstrating the advantages of healthy living and the fragility of the human form.
Though this merchant offers a discounted price for museum members, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, the Anchorage Museum’s mirrored skin now holds an immense collection of exhibits that celebrate Alaska’s history and innovations in art and science. Using grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations, Anchorage Museum was able to devote four floors and a small but well-appointed fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology—all represented by more than 25,000 objects.
Through a series of permanent exhibits, visitors embark on a cultural and geological voyage. More than 600 Alaskan Native artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian Institution join miniature dioramas of indigenous lifestyles in illuminating the cultures that first shaped the area, while other collections peer into the gold rush era, World War II, and the process of becoming a state. Itchy hands find relief in the Imaginarium Discovery Center, a playground for DIY discovery where visitors of all ages can touch sea stars, shoot air cannons, and learn more about what makes a volcano erupt or the aurora borealis cast its eerie glow.