Friday, January 19, 2018
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'Mythbusters' traveling exhibition coming to MOSI

An exhibit based on the quirky Discovery Channel show MythBusters will make a three-month stop at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry starting Feb. 7, the museum announced Saturday, giving visitors a chance to try busting or confirming myths for themselves in entertaining experiments.

Tickets go on sale today and include admission to MOSI's permanent exhibits.

The Emmy-nominated TV show challenges popular myths through elaborate and often ridiculous experiments, like the time the cast proved the versatility of duct tape by building a seaworthy boat using a steel rod frame and two layers of duct tape or when they made a specially built chair to prove that flatulence can be ignited.

Now fans of the show can get in on the wacky experiments through this traveling exhibit, which premiered in March 2012 for a 15-city North American tour.

"MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibit" takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes look at the show's props and planning, as well as a hefty dose of self-guided, hands-on experimentation.

Can you huff, puff and blow a house in? There's a section where visitors can see if they can build a house out of straw, wood or bricks that will withstand a blast of wind. "The three little pigs learned the science behind Newton's First Law of Motion through trial and error," the producers of the exhibit note.

Does running in the rain get you less wet than walking through it? To test this, visitors walk or run through a tunnel that is dripping with phosphorescent water that glows in the black lights, letting you check who got wetter.

In addition to several hands-on stations, the exhibit has scores of actual props used in the show: from the canoe made of duct tape to the fart-lighting chair to token test dummy Buster and various things that have been blown up. And while Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and the other co-hosts won't make it to the exhibit, some of their clothes will, staged on mannequins that will be outfitted with actual outfits worn on the show.

The exhibition's only stop in Florida will be in Tampa Feb. 7 to May 8.

"The MythBusters exhibition exemplifies the message that MOSI has been saying all along — learning and fun should mean the same thing," said Wit Ostrenko, president of MOSI.

Museum hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (813) 987-6000 or visiting mosi.org.

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