THE SCIENCE OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS OPEN NOW AT CITY MUSEUM

New Exhibition Reveals the Shocking Science

Behind the World’s Greatest Achievements

St. Louis – Open now open through April 14 at City Museum, The Science of Guinness World Records reveals the secrets behind some of the most astonishing GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ to ever be set. 

Spread across 5,000 square feet in City Museum’s Architecture Hall, the exhibit will let guests achieve the amazing as they break records across the multiple stations by learning how bodies react, focus, and endure. 

“The exhibition was really inspired by the success of The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,” said Guy Labine, Chief Executive Officer of Science North. “We’ve seen firsthand that people all over the world are hungry to be challenged, to be wowed, to expand their ideas about what human beings can actually do. We knew almost immediately that we were onto something big.” 

Certain to be an experience to remember for a lifetime, The Science of Guinness World Records will leave visitors astonished as they discover exactly what goes into accomplishing the seemingly impossible. How does one develop the ability to do 36 consecutive pull-ups, using only their pinky fingers? What does it take for someone to create the world’s smallest stop motion film? What possesses someone to learn how to solve not one but three Rubik’s Cubes simultaneously?

The Science of Guinness World Records is co-produced by Science North, one of Canada’s largest and most respected science centers, and Ripley’s Entertainment, the entertainment and edutainment company founded by the great Robert Ripley.

“Our record holders are simply the most incredible people you’re ever going to meet,” says John Corcoran, Director, Traveling Shows & Guinness World Records Attraction Development. “They defy belief and they often seem to defy physics and the nature of spacetime itself. But of course, what they’re really defying is our limited sense of what a person can do with enough time, enough practice, and enough dedication.”

“What we’re hoping to do with The Science of Guinness World Records is to show people that as shocking as these accomplishments are, it’s not magic. It’s science. If one person can achieve the incredible, so can you. We want to inspire people of all ages to throw out their limiting beliefs and push themselves to achieve what the world tells them is impossible.”

The Science of Guinness World Records is included with General Admission or a Member Pass and operates during normal museum hours. City Museum is located at 750 N. 16th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103; 314-231-2489. Visit citymuseum.org for more information. Follow City Museum on social media @citymuseum.

City Museum is home to the following amazing things:

  • World’s Largest Pencil – measures 76 feet in length and weighs a staggering 22,500 pounds and is a true number two pencil
  • World’s Largest Seesaw – measures 82 feet in length and is in storage at City Museum
  • World’s Largest Tennis Racket – measures 50 feet and 3.07 inches in length and 16 feet and 8.6 inches wide and is in not displayed due to its state of deterioration
  • World’s Tallest Man, Robert Wadlow, was the spokesperson for the International Shoe Co which is the building in which City Museum resides

St. Louis is also home to many GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, including:

  • First Olympic Gold Medal – The first time gold medals were awarded to Olympic champions was during the 1904 Olympic Games held in St. Louis, USA. Prior to this, gold had been considered too expensive, so the winner of an event had received a silver medal and the runner-up a bronze, while there was no medal at all for third place. The last time gold medals were made from solid gold was at the Stockholm Games in 1912, following which the medals were cast in silver and coated in 6 g of gold.
  • Tallest Commemorative Monument – The tallest monument is the stainless-steel Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, completed on October 28, 1965 to commemorate the westward expansion.
  • Largest Image of a Human Brain – Took place in St. Louis (all USA) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on 28 April 2018 during an Alzheimer’s Disease awareness event.
  • Most Home Runs in a World Series Baseball Game – The Major League Baseball (MLB) record for most home runs hit in a World Series includes Albert Pujols (Dominican Republic) playing for the St. Louis Cardinals (USA) in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers (USA) on 22 October 2011.

About City Museum

Housed in an old shoe factory in Downtown St. Louis, City Museum is an ever-evolving, always-thrilling, artist-built playground full of weirdly wonderful spaces to explore. City Museum opened in 1997 and started as a passion project and developed into an indoor, outdoor, underground playground that welcomes adventurous visitors from all over the world. This iconic St. Louis attraction is considered one of the great public spaces and a must-see for visitors. 

About Science North

Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North’s attractions include a science center, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, a separate science center focused on mining and earth sciences. In 1996, Science North created a specialized unit to sell the award-winning exhibitions and multimedia theatres created by Science North’s highly skilled staff scientists and in-house production teams. These innovative exhibits help drive repeat visitation and tourism and demonstrate Science North’s ever-growing capacity to produce world-class educational and scientific content that appeals to people of all ages. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit sciencenorth.ca

About GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

What’s the fastest game bird in Europe? This was the question that inspired the founding of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS back in 1955. Starting with a single book published from a room above a gym, GWR has grown to become a global multi-media brand, with offices in London, New York, Miami, Beijing, Tokyo and Dubai. Today, we deliver world-class content, not just through books, but via TV shows, social media and live events. Our in-house consultancy works closely with brands and businesses around the world to harness the power of record-breaking and deliver award-winning campaigns and business solutions. Our ultimate purpose is to inspire people —individuals, families, schools, groups, companies, communities and even entire countries— to read about, watch, listen to and participate in record-breaking. To join this record-breaking community and find out the answer to that original question, visit guinnessworldrecords.com

FRIGHT AT THE (CITY) MUSEUM OCTOBER EVENTS SCARE UP FUN

St. Louis — Its time for Fright at the Museum, City Museum’s fearfully fun Halloween season events now through October 29, 2023.

Step into a world of spine-tingling wonder at this one-of-a-kind event: Fright at the Museum will amaze, mystify, and thoroughly entertain as guests embark on a journey through a realm of oddities and curiosities that will leave them both thrilled and captivated.

ENTERTAINMENT

Heart-pounding performances will push the boundaries of possibility. Visitors will witness the breathtaking artistry of contortionists as they twist their bodies into unimaginable shapes, blurring the lines between human capability and artistic expression. A mesmerizing display of fire manipulation will leave audiences spellbound as a skilled performer dances with flames in a symphony of light and heat.

Entertainment features: Theater of the Oddities, Doc Terminus’ Odditorium and

Mythical Shift: A Howling Transformation.

EXHIBITS

Special exhibits throughout the museum provide an immersive experience like never before. Dare to venture into the unknown and explore carefully curated exhibits of the bizarre, the enigmatic, and the extraordinary. From artifacts that defy explanation to peculiar specimens that challenge the limits of imagination, Fright at the Museum promises an unforgettable encounter with the unconventional. These special exhibits feature:

Skeleton’s Ball

Mingo Monster Mash

Cemetery Secrets

Insectarium

Web Town

Unfaithful Friends Cemetary

Portrait Passage: Faces of Terror

Lights, Camera, No Action: A Mouse Taxidermy Display

MURDER MYSTERY DINNERS

Dinner Detectives will host murder mystery diners on select Fridays during the season. Guests will solve a hilarious mystery while feasting on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and guests may find themselves as a Prime Suspect before they know it!

Diners will become sleuths, setting their metaphorical magnifying glasses to the trail of a calculated mystery committed by someone in the room. But beware, as one of the guests will meet an unexpected demise. The creative team will set the stage for an exciting evening of crime investigation, where everyone is a suspect and anyone can be the killer.

Each ticket includes an award-winning murder mystery dinner theatre show, along with buffet style dining, waitstaff gratuity and plenty of surprises in the historic Vault Room.

Dates: Fridays 10/6, 10/27, 11/3 and Saturday 11/18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets includes general admission to the Museum on the day of the event.

FEARSOME FOOD & DRINK

Vampire Bar

Guests can step into the shadows and immerse themselves in the allure of the night where darkness and decadence intertwine. In the Vampire Bar, they can indulge in the mystique of vampire lore in a realm of intoxicating ambiance and tantalizing flavors. Unearth the extraordinary with City Museum’s signature blood bag cocktails, meticulously crafted to satiate the senses. Sip on rich, crimson elixirs that transport celebrants to a world where mortals and immortals coexist.

Coven & Cauldron

Magic, mystery, and a dash of the macabre come to life at Coven & Cauldron – the ultimate witches’ pub experience. From enchanting concoctions to brews, this is where the supernatural and the extraordinary converge. Step into this dimly lit pub and embrace the mystic energy for everyone from curious mortals or a practicing witches.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Grab Your Garters — It’s time for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, October 21 , 7 to 11 p.m.. This spooky season, join Flustered Mustard for an evening screening and shadow cast performance of the world’s favorite interactive movie. The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania,” Dr. Frank N. Furter and

Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests. The show will take place on the Rooftop, under the dome. Drinks and food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis and guests can bring their own chairs. The event is 18+ and member passes are not accepted at this event. Ticket includes admission to City Museum, access to the Rocky Horror event and a prop bag for extra fun during the screening.

ABOUT CITY MUSEUM

Explore the unexpected. City Museum is a 100-year-old warehouse in downtown St. Louis in which artists have repurposed the pieces of old cities to build miles of tunnels, slides, climbers, bridges, and castles. There are secret passages and grand galleries. Playgrounds and ball pits. A circus and a train. A rooftop school bus and a Ferris wheel. City Museum is an ever-evolving, always-thrilling, artist-built playground.

WHEN YOU VISIT

City Museum is located at 750 N. 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. City Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during October except for Monday, October 9, Indigenous Peoples Day. The attraction is open at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. CIty Museum stays open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during October.

www.citymuseum.org; 314-231-2489; @citymuseum

HOT DOG! CITY MUSEUM CELEBRATES JULY

July Fest, Electric Sky – New Food & Drink – City Nights: Alice In Wonderland

St. Louis — Celebrate the heart of summer in the the heart of the City with exciting special events and new all-American hot dogs at City Museum.

JULY FEST AT CITY MUSEUM

JUNE 30 THROUGH JULY 9

Who let the dogs out at City Museum? The Ready Go Dog Show crazy canine athletes love what they do and wow the crowd with their natural ability to fly through the air. The 25-minute show features world-class Frisbee dogs and the Big Air Box Jump, ending with a meet and greet for fans to get up close and personal with the four-legged stars of the show. July Fest snacks for purchase include sliders, hotdogs, and cheeseburgers along with ice cream, wine slushies, and more summer refreshers. A live DJ adds to the fun from 4 to 7 p.m. The Ready Go Dog Show takes place on the City Museum Rooftop. Get tickets online and save with combo packages.

CITY NIGHTS — ELECTRIC SKY

JULY 4

7 TO 11 P.M.

For the first time, guests of all ages are invited to City Museum’s July 4 Electric Sky event with 360 view of fireworks all across the St. Louis skyline from the rooftop. Before the fireworks, ride the Ferris Wheel, slide and climb on the play spaces. Guests are invite to bring their own camp chairs and settle in for an evening of all-American fun. Music, craft projects, food and more surprises are in store throughout the night. Tickets include access to all of CIty Museum from 5 to 10 p.m, plus the Electric Sky event on the rooftop.

Space is limited and a separate Electric Sky ticket is required.

CITY NIGHTS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND

July 21

7 – 11 p.m.

Follow City Museum down the rabbit hole as the Rooftop is set aglow with neon mushrooms and dizzying adventures that only City Museum can provide.

Expect immersive projections, Alice-themed installations, music and food and drinks, including 4Hands 1220 Spirits sampling. This is a 21+ event. A separate City Nights ticket is needed to attend.

NEW HOT DOGS DEBUT AT CITY MUSEUM

A new all-American treat is now on the menu at City Museum this summer Gourmet Hot Dogs are available at the attraction’s food outlets. And for dessert? Ice Cream Nachos.

ABOUT CITY MUSEUM

Explore the unexpected. City Museum is a hundred-year-old warehouse in downtown St. Louis in which artists have repurposed the pieces of old cities to build miles of tunnels, slides, climbers, bridges, and castles. There are secret passages and grand galleries. Playgrounds and ball pits. A circus and a train. A rooftop school bus and a Ferris wheel. City Museum is an ever-evolving, always-thrilling, artist-built playground.

WHEN YOU VISIT

City Museum is located at 750 N. 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. City Museum is open seven days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. www.citymuseum.org; 314-231-2489; @citymuseum

CITY MUSEUM SPRINGS TO LIFE IN MAY

Mother’s Day & Memorial Day Events City Nights Summer Events Kickoff

St. Louis — Celebrate the beautiful month of May with fun events at City Museum.

MOTHER’S DAY AT CITY MUSEUM — MOMS VISIT FREE

Play the day away with mom at City Museum on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Moms get a free ticket to City Museum when another family member purchases a ticket. Kids can make an artistic handmade gift for mom in Art City. Moms also get a free wine tasting certificate from City Winery at City Foundry. Mini bouquets will be available for purchase from Sophia’s Crowns Flowers. Beatnik Bob’s is a great spot for a drink or moms can try out the Cabin Inn, featuring wine slushies, while the kids play.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FUN

This Memorial Day weekend, May 26 through May 29, military service members and veterans get into City Museum for free with a purchased admission. The Air Force band Midwest Winds performs on Saturday, May 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. Themed craft projects will be available all weekend in Art City. The grills will be fired up on the patio with delicious summer barbecue options.

CITY NIGHTS KICKOFF

Sunday, May 28, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

It’s time for the first City Nights event of the season. This is the absolute best way to experience summer in downtown St. Louis by sliding, climbing, listening to music by DJ Arty and more. The best views of the City are guaranteed from the City Museum rooftop. This will also be a great opportunity to try out 4Hands brand-new canned cocktails.

Tickets are $30 and include access to tie-dye activities. Food and 4Hands canned cocktails are available for purchase. City Nights is strictly 21+ and a valid ID is required. A series pass is available for $125 which gives entry to all seven City Nights events continuing in June, July, August and September plus access to the VIP lounge from 9 to 11p.m. at each event, a savings of up to $50.

ABOUT CITY MUSEUM

Explore the unexpected. City Museum is a hundred-year-old warehouse in downtown St. Louis in which artists have repurposed the pieces of old cities to build miles of tunnels, slides, climbers, bridges, and castles. There are secret passages and grand galleries. Playgrounds and ball pits. A circus and a train. A rooftop school bus and a Ferris wheel. City Museum is an ever-evolving, always-thrilling, artist-built playground.

WHEN YOU VISIT

City Museum is located at 750 N. 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. City Museum is open seven days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. www.citymuseum.org; 314-231-2489; @citymuseum