Have you ever wondered if sprinting rather than strolling keeps you drier in a downpour? Have you considered how you would stack up against an action hero or stunt man while, say, hanging from a ledge by your fingertips? These answers await those curious of commonly known myths who choose to visit the Portland museum. The exhibition brings the Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series, MythBusters, to life.
Visitors will uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with curiosity and ingenuity. The exhibition aims to use a hands-on approach to help create interactive experiences for guests of all ages using family-friendly displays.
Co-hosts of the television series, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving myths true or false using not only their experimental approach, but extensive scientific 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.
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 omsi.edu. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens Saturday, February 8 and closes Sunday, May 5. Admission for adults is $18; youth (3-13) and seniors (63+), $13; member adults, $5; member youth/senior, $3. Prices include admission to the museum. Visit omsi.edu for more information.