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 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


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

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I'm a 40-year-old father blessed with two wonderful children: a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. My life revolves around my beautiful wife, who is the cornerstone of our family. Without her unwavering support, none of what I do would be possible. By day, I serve as a network administrator for a local school district, ensuring smooth operations in the realm of technology. During the evenings, you'll often find me engrossed in various creative pursuits, from illustrating books to crafting websites or composing music. But above all, my priority is spending quality time with my kids. Parenthood has been a profound journey of growth and discovery for me, and now, armed with a keyboard instead of a pen, I'm eager to share my experiences and insights with others.

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