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Review of Real Bodies at Horseshoe Las Vegas – Look Inside!


Key Points:

  • While a bit morbid, Real Bodies at Horseshoe is certainly interesting and does an incredible job educating visitors on the human body.
  • The most interesting exhibit was the lung comparison between a smoker and a non-smoker – Pretty powerful.
  • At $29.99, I thought Real Bodies was well worth the price of admission.

One of two attractions in Las Vegas that showcase real human bodies, Real Bodies at Horseshoe boasts over 200 partial, and 20 whole-body specimens for visitors to explore.

Real Bodies leverages these specimens to educate visitors on bodily structures and functions that include the:

  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Circulatory System
  • Muscular & Skeletal System
  • Neurological System
  • Reproductive System
  • Medicine & Surgery
  • Death & What Happens After

While I personally have visited Bodies… The Exhibition at Luxor, a similar attraction to this, twice over the years, I had yet to explore Real Bodies.

As I was already in the area visiting both The Lock Speakeasy and Twilight Zone Mini Golf, I figured it was time to change that.

Below, I’ll dive into my experience to help you determine if Real Bodies at Horseshoe could be a good fit for your itinerary.

Real Bodies Cost & Tickets

Real Bodies normally costs $29 for an adult ticket when purchased directly with the attraction, however, a discount can often be realized by booking via Vegas.com, here.

Price it out to get the best deal!

In my case, I was in the neighborhood and paid full price for my ticket at the counter, only to find out later that I could’ve bought the same ticket on Vegas.com for under $17…

You live and learn, I suppose.

My Experience at Real Bodies

Let me begin by saying that throughout the attraction, Real Bodies did a great job of displaying specimens alongside information in a compelling, entertaining, and educational way. Every time I turned the corner there was a new, engaging visual to digest.

With so much to see, it would be impossible for me to show you everything, so I thought I would share some of my favorite aspects of the attraction.

Real Bodies kicked things off by delving into the history of human preservation, along with an education on bones, joints, and the human skeleton.

Locked in wooden cabinets were a bunch of bones, joints, skulls, and teeth alongside informational placards that contained all sorts of fun facts like how bones can “Withstand up to 400 pounds of force” and that they are “Constantly regenerating themselves” and are “Remade every 10 years”.

Did you know babies are born with 300 bones, while adults only have 206? Where do they go!?

A cabinet full of bones and a skull next to an information on a wall describing how human bones are in a state of constant re-growth.
A dark wooden cabinet with various bones on display next to informational placards.

With the basics of what makes the human body rigid covered, Real Bodies shifted focus to the respiratory system.

While various aspects of that system were on display, the highlight was the lungs of a smoker, pictured below, which was able to convince a good number of people to ditch their cigarettes for good.

A smoker's lungs, which are blackened are on display under glass. In front of the display is a box where smokers are encouraged to ditch their cigarettes.
A set of adult lungs next to a set of smaller fetal lungs in a glass case.
Adult vs. Fetal lungs.

Throughout the entirety of Real Bodies are colorful castings depicting the complexity of blood vessels in various organs and parts of the body which I found to be enthralling – Just check out the complex system of blood vessels that are found in your lungs (below).

A number of respiratory system componants on display under glass. Most notable among them is a colorful casting of the blood vessels that make up the lungs.

Real Bodies did a nice job of explaining how the respiratory and circulatory systems work together to keep the body oxygenated. Best yet, you didn’t need to be a doctor to understand the placards. Even my low-powered brain could make sense of what I was reading.

A full body speciman winding up to throw a baseball.

The visuals that best captured my attention were full-body dissections that provided an amazing window into where various internal organs and bones are located and how everything fits together.

A full human body speciman cut in half and separated. The cut goes straight down between the eyes, middle of the chest, and is separated to show internal organs.
A full body human body speciman that has been cut from head to toe from side to side into 3 sections, providing a good visual of internal organs.
A male body, which was dissected in half is positioned in a way where one side is giving the other a high five.

Perhaps TMI, but as a person diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (that’s fortunately been in remission for a decade +), I appreciated the education Real Bodies provided about the digestive system.

Actually being able to see the internal organs doctors refer to and shove cameras into (ick) is pretty unique.

A large intestine is strung up under glass along with two other digestive tract specimens.
That’s a large intestine.

As one of the more complex systems within the body, Real Bodies dedicated a good amount of real estate to the circulatory system, providing some compelling visuals.

Among my favorites were the castings of blood vessels of various organs and appendages. These castings are created by injecting the cadaver with a colored polymer that hardens. The surrounding tissue is then chemically removed, leaving only the colorful mold.

A series of blood vessel castings are displayed on individual pedisatals. Most notably, there is a leg, which is prominantly displayed.
The complex blood vessel systems in two arms are displayed under glass.

Several whole-body specimens “in action” were displayed in the exhibit dedicated to muscles and movement. Alongside each, was an informational placard that provided insight into how muscles move people while also protecting organs.

A whole body specimen shooting a basketball.
A whole body speciman diving for and hitting a vollyball.
A whole body speciman running with a football.

Obviously, anytime you can see an actual human brain is a unique experience.

A whole body speciman sits in a thinking pose. The specimen's skull is cut away to expose the brain.
Human brain, and nurological parts on display under glass.

The neurological exhibit also did a nice job of showing how the brain and nerves send signals to muscles to control the movement of body parts.

We’re clearly comprised of some pretty complex systems.

A whole Body specimen that demonstrates how the brain uses nerves to control movement.

A noteworthy portion of the attraction was an exhibit dedicated to the afterlife, funeral rituals, and what happens to our physical remains after death – Something in which we all ponder.

A skeleton hangs from its neck in a display focuesd on burial rituals.

One of the last stops at Real Bodies ranked as one of the more interesting – Reproduction systems, love, and fetal development.

As you’d expect, the exhibit covered the body parts and systems that make reproduction possible, but the most interesting specimens to observe were the collection of fetuses at various stages of development.

There was also education on “The Evolution of Love”, that offered an opportunity for guests to add a lock to a giant heart to cement their relationship.

A large heart with locks on it. Guests are encouraged to add a lock of their own.
Cement your relationship here! Just bring (or buy) a lock.
A full body female body specimen posts with her hands on hips.
Male and female reproductive organ specimans under glass.
A 10 week old fetus speciman in a preserving liquid.
Advanced fetus specimans under glass. One of which is conjoined twins.

One thing I kept pondering as I made my way through the exhibits is where the bodies come from, and can only imagine others have the same question.

I poked around Real Bodies’ website and discovered:

“The specimens are all unclaimed bodies that have been donated by the relevant authorities to medical universities in China. The specimens featured in the exhibition were donated legally, were never prisoners of any kind, showed no signs of trauma or injury, were free of infectious disease and died of natural causes.”

Real Bodies Vegas FAQ Page

While the bodies were “donated legally” I couldn’t help but cringe at the fact these people never signed up to be intimately featured in a Las Vegas attraction…

Is Real Bodies at Horseshoe Worth the Money?

A lot of descriptors can be used to describe Real Bodies at Horseshoe – Words like “Unique”, “Macabre”, “Interesting”, “Engaging”, “Entertaining”, and “Educational” all come to mind.

To be honest, it was surreal to be so close to real human cadavers, and I felt a tad guilty about gawking at them for my own entertainment.

At the same time, the displays are incredibly informative, and certain exhibits, like the blackened lungs of a smoker, are sure to make a positive impact on the lives of at least a few visitors.

I found Real Bodies to be well worth the $29.95 I paid, although I wish I would’ve scored the deep discount offered on Vegas.com.

The perfect itinerary item for those who enjoy educational attractions or for families seeking kid-friendly activities, I recommend booking Real Bodies with confidence.

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Nick

Friday 5th of January 2024

Which is better? This one or the one at Luxor?

Jake Hoffman

Friday 5th of January 2024

I personally prefer the one at Luxor, but they're very similar.

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