MythBusters Exhibition to Come to OMSI

An "Explosive Exhibition" based on the hit TV show will open on Feb. 8.

By Aaron Scott January 23, 2013

Photo Courtesy MBE, LLC

OMSI just announced it will open MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition on February 8. We're so excited, we could build a catapult to launch a homemade missile into the lower atmosphere and still not reach the heights of our excitement.

Okay, that might be a bit of a hyperbole, but we'll have to test it to make sure—along with other conundrums, like how much huffing and puffing does it take to blow down a brick house (with the help of an air cannon).

Here's the press release with all the info. We'll work on getting you a preview before the opening.

Portland, Ore. (January 23, 2013) – Does sprinting rather than strolling keep you drier in a downpour? How would you stack up against an action hero or stunt man while, say, hanging from a ledge by your fingertips? Answers await visitors at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), where MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition begins February 8, 2013. The exhilarating exhibition brings the Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series to life, helping visitors uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. In MythBusters, co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving or exploding myths using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects. Savage and Hyneman were heavily involved throughout the development of the exhibition to ensure guests experience a true MythBusting encounter.
"It's exciting to see fans take on some of our favorite experiments from the show while drawing their own conclusions and data," said Savage. "Although they are tackling the same myths and questions, each guest can have a unique experience within the exhibit."
"We hope people have fun at the exhibit and get a sense of what it is like doing the show," added Hyneman.
OMSI guests will learn about myths, the MythBusters and what experimenting is all about by participating in a series of fun, hands-on experiences and live demonstrations. Experiments cover topics such as flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion.
“This exhibition is a thrilling way to engage visitors in the scientific method, which is not only the foundation for all analytical thinking in science, mathematics, history, and exploration … but also really fun!” said OMSI Senior Science Educator Kristi Falkowski.
“Seeing the MythBusters’ enthusiasm about the exhibition, we are very excited about it coming to OMSI,” said Amy Noble Seitz, founder and CEO of Exhibits Development Group. “We truly hope this exhibition will spur scientific curiosity, thought and experimentation for all ages.”
Tickets are on sale now at MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens Saturday, February 8 and closes Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Exhibition Overview/Highlights:
The Blueprint Room
Based on the real-life operations room of the MythBusters’ iconic set, this room acts as an introduction to MythBusting and is filled with gadgets, props, video and, of course, blueprints used by Adam and Jamie to explore myths on the show.
The Workshop
This is the place where guests turn into investigators and use real science to test myths including:
·         Airplane on a Conveyor Belt: This is considered the most hotly contested myth on MythBusters. Can an airplane take off in one direction while it’s on a conveyer belt that is moving in the opposite direction at the same speed?
·         Butter Side Up: Does toast usually land butter side down, voiding the “five-second rule” and making a mess?
·         Big Bad Wolf: Ala the “Three Little Pigs,” is it really impossible to blow down a house made of bricks? Visitors will find out with the help of an air cannon that packs a pretty mean “huff and puff.”
·         Running in the Rain: Stuck in a rainstorm without an umbrella, does it make sense to run for it, or would you get just as wet if you walked?
·         Blind Driving: A video arcade-style experiment where visitors partner up to blindly navigate a city course.
·         Killer Card Toss: Can an ordinary playing card really be used as a dangerous weapon?
·         Change Like a Superhero: Clark Kent always disappeared into phone booths and emerged in seconds as Superman just in time to get the bad guy. Visitors will test their human speeds.
·         Cliff Hanger: Visitors can find out how they stack up against an action hero or stunt man by measuring how long they can hang from a ledge by their fingertips.
·         Tablecloth Chaos: How possible is this party trick? Visitors try their hand at yanking a tablecloth from under a fully set table without disturbing any of the settings.
·         Phone Book Swing: Visitors take a seat on a swing made from interlaced phone books, testing its strength.
Live Demonstration Stage
Now that the individual experimentation is complete, visitors have the opportunity to be a part of a high-energy, group MythBusting session. This 10-minute live demonstration allows for a dynamic and fun deep-dive into the scientific method to explore myths associated with human reaction time and momentum. Paintball launchers may be involved … (protective gear provided).

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