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

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

PIRATE-THEMED TRICK OR TREAT SAILS INTO THE ST. LOUIS AQUARIUM AT UNION STATION

Trick or Treat at Pirate Quest

Fridays and Saturdays

October 21 & 22 and October 28 & 29

WHAT: 

Trick or Treat at Pirate Quest

WHERE:

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station 

201 S. 18th St.

St. Louis, MO 63103

WHEN:

Two weekends

Fridays & Saturdays

October 21 & 22 and October 28 & 29

5 to 8 p.m. 

COST:

Included with regular admission

MORE INFO: 

www.stlouisaquarium.com

@aquariumstl on social media

314-923-3900

DETAILS:

Yo-ho-ho it’s time to trick or treat with the Pirates at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and join the Pirate Halloween fun for this after-hours event. They’ll get a free treat bag to visit six trick or treat stations located in the themed Pirate areas throughout the Aquarium. Tommy the Otter will give hysterical “Talk Like a Pirate” lessons and guests will meet a real talking Parrot at 6 pm each day. Pirate story time takes over the Kids Zone play area every 30 minutes. Add a ride on the St. Louis Wheel and get a free plush pumpkin. 

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“Pirate Quest for the Sunken Treasure,” a family-friendly adventure, is open daily through October 31, 2022 with after-hours trick or treating on Fridays and Saturdays, October 21 & 22 and October 28 & 29.

On the exciting treasure hunt inside the Aquarium, guests will take a self-guided tour through a highly themed wonderland of pirate ship scenes and treasure caves and grottos. Social media fans will love the Instagram-worthy photo opportunities throughout the transformed Aquarium during their journey.

Visitors follow the quest’s clues as they make their way through all of the marine habitats and hands-on animal adventures at the Aquarium. Along the way, they will find the Pirate Captain’s journal containing treasure hunt hints as well as amazing animal facts and pirate jokes. 

Guests will explore elaborate scenes, including the Captain’s Quarters, a Shipwreck Canyon and the Treasure Grotto. A spooky Secret Cave, Pirate Library and a Pirate Hideout add to the experience. Kids can fire the smoking, booming cannons on the sunken pirate ship at the entrance to Shark Canyon. 

At the end of the quest only the bravest adventurers can sit at the Pirate Throne for a triumphant picture. Kids who complete the quest will get a reward at the end of their journey.

“Pirate Quest For The Sunken Treasure” is free with regular admission to the Aquarium.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is open daily at 9 a.m. Advance tickets are available at www.stlouisaquarium.com. Follow the Aquarium on social media @aquariumstl. The Aquarium is located at 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. 

CITY MUSEUM EASTER TREASURE HUNT

New tours, printmaking class, bird visits and a whimsical Easter treasure hunt top the list of activities added for spring fun at City Museum.

Raptor Awareness Week

On Wednesday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. friends from St. Louis’ World Bird Sanctuary will bring raptors for a meet and greet with visitors at City Museum. Every year this amazing organization helps more than 500 raptors at their rehabilitation hospital and care for 200 more birds in their conservation and education programs. Free with general admission.

Easter Treasure Hunt

Avast me hearties! On April 9 and 10, City Museum welcomes all pirates to find a treasure trove of golden eggs hidden throughout the building. Follow the treasure map to explore for prizes that include candy, toys and general admission tickets good for a return visit to City Museum. The treasure hunt takes place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Sunday, and is free with admission. A Bunny photo op adds even more fun noon to 2p.m.each day..

Printmaking Workshop

Central Print comes to CIty Museum on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a printmaking workshop. Guests can design their own posters and use the printing press and repurposed paper to make creations using printing blocks from the City Museum archives. The activity is free with general admission. Central Print is a non-profit organization that promotes the art of letterpress printmaking.

Tour City Museum

Always evolving and always mysterious, City Museum is offering guided tours for the first time this spring. The new tours explore the artsy warehouse and its installations and inner workings. Learn about the lives and materials that helped shape one of the most unique and eccentric museums in the world..Tours are $7 with general admission. After hours group tours also are available on request. For more information, visit www.citymuseum.org/tours.

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.

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