News Release

Discover Legendary Myths at Space Center Houston’s Summer Exhibit

HOUSTON, April 15, 2016 – Uncover the truth behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in Space Center Houston’s new summer exhibit, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, presented by Coca-Cola May 28-Sept. 5.

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“MythBusters places you on a virtual set of the TV show performing your own experiments,” said the nonprofit center’s President and CEO William T. Harris. “Visitors will investigate the myth, conduct an experiment and see many artifacts from the popular TV show.”

As seen in the Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated TV series “MythBusters,” the exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays.

For 14 years, the TV show featured 3,000 experiments in more than 260 episodes and tested more than 1,100 myths before ending its run in March. “MythBusters” episodes can now be seen on “Science Channel.” The show’s co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara took 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.”

The summer exhibit explores what experimenting is all about by inviting guests to participate in a series of fun, hands-on experiences and live demonstrations. The exhibit’s interactive highlights feature a diverse range exciting experiments including flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion. Specific areas in the exhibit explore:

  • 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 the hosts to explore myths on the show.
  • The Workshop – This is the place where guests turn into investigators and use real science to test myths.  Guests discover whether they get more wet running versus walking in the rain and find out if toast really does always land buttered-side down.
  • A live “MythBusters” stage – Here guests have the opportunity to view and participate in live science demonstrations that dissect myths with the help of a team of energetic MythBusting facilitators.

To plan your trip to Space Center Houston, go to the Visitor Info Page at spacecenter.org/visitor. Find helpful tips and suggested itineraries to help you plan your day. To enhance your visit, purchase the new Astronaut Audio Tour featuring first-hand stories from space pioneers, beautiful photos and exciting videos that tell the rich history and sparkling future of human space exploration.

Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at spacecenter.org. Purchase a Space Center Houston membership for as little as $29.95 and return free as often as you like during the year with free parking, special events and much more. For more information, visit spacecenter.org.

The exhibit was created by Discovery Communications and Exhibits Development Group (EDG), in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) and Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates (GMC+A). “MythBusters” the series is developed and produced by Beyond Entertainment Limited.  Financing for this exhibition has been made possible by Olympus Capital Investments, LLC, a unit of Olympus Holdings, LLC.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center.  The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

“MythBusters,” which first launched on Discovery Channel in 2003 and ended in 2016 after 14 years on the air, is hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, and Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara. Inspiring a generation to inquire, interact and get involved with science, “MythBusters” uses a signature brand of explosive experimentation to prove or disprove popular myths, misconceptions or legends. “MythBusters” is produced by Beyond Entertainment Limited and can now be seen on Science Channel.

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the leader in global entertainment reaching 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery satisfies curiosity, entertains and inspires viewers with high-quality content through global brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and through the Discovery Digital Networks portfolio, including Seeker and SourceFed. Discovery owns Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

Exhibits Development Group (EDG) is dedicated to the development, production, marketing and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions and cultural projects. EDG also serves as a partner to other exhibition organizers, museums, foundations and collection owners in the U.S. and abroad in the care and stewardship of their exhibitions and collections. EDG’s mission is to initiate and promote international cultural and intellectual exchange by bringing high-quality traveling exhibitions of art, science, and history to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, please visit exhibitsdevelopment.com.

Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates (GMCA) is an innovative consulting company to support the development and execution of new and vibrant educational, hands-on, minds-on experiences.  GMC+A’s goal is to integrate new, cutting-edge technologies, environmental design and emotional storytelling with tantalizing visual audio and tactile experiences making exhibitions more personal artistic, fun, educational and memorable. For more information, please visit gmcurley.com.

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) offers thousands of fun and interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind, world-class experiences to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education, MSI also aspires to a larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving Day; regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. During the summer and peak spring break periods, the museum will offer extended hours until 5:30 p.m. each day. The museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

Olympus Holdings, LLC (Olympus Holdings) is a company engaged through its various subsidiaries in energy, entertainment and finance.  For more information, please visit o-hold.com.

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