April 6, 2012
By Khalil Beckwith
“Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” a new exhibit currently at the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park, promises to keep you entertained.
The exhibit is one part tribute to the show and another part busting myths that are prevalent in everyday life, like whether or not you can actually pull a cloth from under some dishes or how well a person can drive blind.
Props from the show are featured heavily and provide a nostalgic feeling to longtime fans. They make for a good picture when it comes to having souvenirs for your trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. Oddly enough, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage’s clothes that they often wear on the show get one of the biggest exhibit spots. Now, that’s a treat for the fans!
The bulk of the exhibit’s features are interactive, which makes it particularly engaging. For instance, there’s a swing made out of phone books that can easily hold a person up. So go ahead and sit on it! This exhibit, like all the others, is completely touchable. And you can even play on them, that is, as long as common courtesy dictates.
There’s even a live show, with the help of assistants where audience member have the chance to participate in the busting of myths themselves. There are more in production, but particular one I viewed tested a person’s reaction speed when it comes to dodging a bullet. Of course, paintballs were used instead of real bullets and a riot shield was provided for the lucky participant. An educational aspect is pushed here.
“Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition” is fun for the whole family and definitely worthwhile whether you’re a fan of the show or not. If you go through it thoroughly, expect to spend between an hour to an hour-and-a-half.
The exhibit runs until Sept. 3. Tickets are $10 and it’s not included in the general admission. Visit msichicago.org for more info.
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