The Science of Guinness World Records

    There are so many things to explore in the City Museum’s new exhibit “The Science of Guinness World Records!

    “We are here at City Museum on the 3rd floor. This is typically architecture hall, but now through April 14th, it is the Science of Guinness World Records exhibit,” explains Katy Enrique, Director of Sales & Marketing at The City Museum.

    From the world’s largest Pac-man machine to the world’s smallest chess set, the City Museum reveals secrets behind some of the most astonishing Guinness World Records to ever be set!

    “We have a great relationship with Ripley’s and Guinness, and they have this wonderful exhibit that was traveling and it just so happens, they had this great open window of opportunity for it to stop here at City Museum,”  Enrique says.

    This learning space hopes to leave visitors astonished as they discover what goes into accomplishing the seemingly impossible!

    “What’s great about this exhibit is its very hands on, very play oriented, very competitive, and it’s really inviting for families and friends and everybody to come and really get hands on with Guinness World Records,” Enrique explains.

    When you first enter you create a personalized avatar that you can pull up on each game with your thumb print!

    “So as you are moving around the space, you can sign into each different game, and your character will come up on screen, and you can get different scores. You can be on the leaderboard. You can compete against your friend.” Enrique says.

    You can compete in a Dance-A-Thon and see if you can beat the World Record holder or see the world’s smallest movie created with atoms and then try to make one yourself!

    The World’s Largest Panoramic image lets you zoom all the way in so you can see people walking on the mountain.  Then on the other side of each display you can learn the science behind how people achieve these records!

    “These records are largely focused on reaction, endurance, and focus. So if you can focus enough and learn how to solve puzzles, you can compete against the world record holder of puzzles. So it’s just really cool that with a little bit of learning, your gameplay can actually improve, and you can see yourself kind of ratchet up on the leaderboard” Enrique explains.

    If you have a good memory you can play “Guess Whom?” and see how many names and faces you can memorize. On the other side of this display you’ll learn the science like picture a person’s name written on their forehead to help you remember.

    “We have other ones that are really fun to compete with 2 people. There’s a boxing game that is like who can box the most? It’s the science of how you do the most punches in 30 or 45 seconds. There’s a drumming one. It’s very much in partnership with somebody you might be visiting with at the museum” Enrique says.

    You can also participate in creating a Guinness World Record, the largest collection of hand claps!

    “We’re hands on play. We want you to come here crawl on things, climb on things, swing from ropes, go down slides, and then we have an exhibit that we want you to be able to put your hands on. We don’t want you to stand behind a stanchion and just look, don’t touch. That’s not City Museum. We are go ahead and touch” Enrique says.

    The City Museum knows a thing or two about World Records.

    “We actually do have some Guinness World Records here. One of them is the infamous pencil. So we actually have the world’s largest pencil. It’s in our skate-less park also here on the 3rd floor. We also store 2 other Guinness World Record items, one of those being the world’s largest seesaw and the other one being the world’s largest tennis racket. But due to their condition, they are in storage and not on display” Enrique says.

    Not only will you learn about World Records here but you can also try to break them!…although it hasn’t happened yet.

    “Not yet. I feel like I haven’t heard that big alarm go off that was like somebody broke the world record here today,” Enrique jokes.

    The Science of Guinness World Record’s exhibit will be at The City Museum through April 14th and it is free with your City Museum admission or member pass. There’s no additional fee for it.

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