OMSI opens ‘Myth Busters’

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, where MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition begins Feb. 8. 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.

“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.”

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.

Tickets are on sale now at omsi.edu. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens Saturday, Feb. 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.

For general information call 503-797-4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Exhibit highlights:

n 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.

n The Workshop: This is the place where guests turn into investigators and use real science to test myths including:

n Blind Driving: A video arcade-style experiment where visitors partner up to blindly navigate a city course.

n 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.

n 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.

n 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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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland.

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