Being Me

What makes you human?

  • Permanent
  • Level 2
  • Included in Admission
  • All age groups

Celebrate the unique characteristics of human beings

From real anatomical specimens to virtual reality, embark on a biological journey through the human body in Being Me. This all-new exhibition explores the fundamentals of health and human anatomy.

Take The Big Wheel for a spin to find out how exercise keeps your body in top form. This human-sized hamster wheel uses digital feedback to show your heart rate, speed and distance traveled.

Shrink to the cellular level for a virtual reality tour through body systems. Reflect on how your muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, or nervous systems work in the Human Mirror, which uses Kinect technology to capture your movement and generate a mirror image of body systems.

Use the VeinViewer to see how near-infrared light can detect the vessels in your hand. Arrange specimens on the Bone Table to see if you can put a skeleton back together. Interact with electric pulses sent between axons of neurons in a plasma ball sculpture. Marvel at the intersection of science and art with a shimmering image of connections within the brain micro-etched in real gold.

Ever wonder how much poop the average human produces in a year? Take a deconstructed look at the “ingredients” that make up the human body. Discover some surprising things your body produces over time.

Get an in-depth look at the human body with real plastinated specimens, including a human femur, brain, heart, and more! Being Me features a female human torso from Gunther Von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination. Take an up-close look at body systems such as the digestive, muscular, reproductive, and others, including some of the individual organs that make up these systems.

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Getting Here

Discovery Place Science is located in the heart of uptown Charlotte and is accessible by car, train or foot. Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is located at the corner of Church and 6th St. in Uptown Charlotte.