MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

The First and Only Bay Area Appearance 
October 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. 


Have you ever wondered…

Why does dropped toast always seem to land butter-side down?
Do you get wetter if you walk or run through the rain?
What if a plane tried taking off from a conveyor belt moving in the opposite direction?
Put your scientific curiosity into action in the California-premiere of MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Our inner schoolyard scientist can consider things like this all day long, but to separate appearance from reality, we must use the scientific method of observation, measurement and testing.  
Discovery Channel's Emmy®-nominated series, MythBusters, comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old fashioned ingenuity. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experience for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. 
Try a dozen hands-on experiments that will get your heart and mind racing, watch live MythBusting demonstrations, and explore authentic props and gadgets direct from the MythBusters set. 

The First and Only Bay Area Appearance 
October 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. 

A Tour of MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition uses interactive technology and a hands-on approach to allow guests to explore the world of science using the same methods as the hosts of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series, MythBusters.

In the exhibition’s West Coast premiere at The Tech Museum, you’ll immerse yourself in the MythBusters world from the beginning, entering through a giant corrugated shipping container vestibule in the trademark MythBusters colors: yellow and black. Caution tape, blueprints and files – along with real remnants from experiments on the show—accent the exhibition design. If you look above, you’ll see the tail of an airplane – used to bust the online myth that a plane could be shredded with a chainsaw – emerging from one of the Museum’s columns. Yes, it’s confirmed: The MythBusters have been here.

The Blueprint Room
Decked out to look like the real-life operations room of the MythBusters’ iconic set, this first gallery room acts as an “introduction to MythBusting” and showcases more than 60 artifacts salvaged from more than 700 experiments conducted on the series, hand-picked by the MythBusters themselves.

Fans will recognize the 20-foot mechanical shark used in a variety of MythBusting sessions;  the jet pack; Jamie’s tornado shelter; the “buried alive” coffin; the arrow machine gun; and of course, Buster, the MythBusters’ infamous stunt dummy. Among these iconic items, a blueprint book lets you flip through the diagrams of some of the most exciting experiments featured on the show. To make your introduction complete, co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman appear - via video - to give you your first lessons in their brand of experimentation, using the ever-important scientific method, which includes observation; investigation; experimentation; and a final conclusion of “busted,” “plausible” or “confirmed.”

As you leave, you’ll be prepped for the in-depth fun and experimentation that will follow.

The Workshop
Next up is The Workshop, where the action happens! Here, you’ll engage in real hands-on experiments with real results. Test over a dozen topics expanding upon the myths seen on MythBusters, with a few never-before-seen myths saved specifically for the exhibition.

The Workshop is a free-flowing space, allowing you to choose what to do and when. Each experiment is dependent upon you to ask a question and to find the best way to answer it. Introductory videos for the major experiments, featuring the MythBusters, will help you along the way. And “Warning: Science Content” videos, staring Tory, Kari and Grant, after the major myths will provide a more extensive look at the science behind your experiments.

Some of the major myths you’ll get to test include:

  • Airplane on a Conveyor Belt: What happens when an airplane takes off on a conveyer belt going the opposite direction?
  • Butter Side Up: Does toast always land butter side down?
  • Big Bad Wolf: Using an air canon, put "the three little pigs" to the test!
  • Running in the Rain: Does running in the rain keep you dryer?

More myths include:

  • Blind Driving
  • Killer Card Toss
  • Change Like a Superhero
  • Cliff Hanger
  • Tablecloth Chaos
  • Dodge a Bullet
  • Phone Book Swing
  • Exploding Farts

Live Demonstration Stage
Now that your individual experimentation is complete, you have the opportunity to be a part of a high-energy, group MythBusting session. This 10-minute live demonstration allows for a dynamic and fun deep-dive into the scientific method to explore some of the myths associated with human reaction time and momentum.

Don’t be surprised if you are asked to test your reaction time with a hand buzzer or even against a paintball gun. (Yes, we supply the protective gear). Or you may be involved in a collision or two, measuring the force of two moving vehicles colliding, versus one vehicle crashing into a wall.

Continue Your Experience at Home
Once you have finished your exploration into experimentation, you can also continue to use your advanced MythBusting skills online at, where you can find more myths to test and additional background information on the science behind them.



The First and Only Bay Area Appearance 
October 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. 

Price includes admission to regular museum galleries.
MythBusters admission pricing does not include IMAX, After Hours, Lecture Series, and photo souvenir.
Please read some important ticketing information and special offers.

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition General Public Members 
Adult (18 - 64) $22.00 $14.00
Child (3 - 17) $12.00 $9.00
Senior (65+) / College Student (With ID) $19.00 $14.00

Members save up to 40% on tickets! Interested in becoming a member? Learn about our benefits.

To qualify for group rates, you must have a minimum of 10 people. Please read some important ticketing information.
Adult Groups $17.50
Child Groups / K - 12 School $9.00
College Students with ID / Seniors 65+ Groups $15.00

Groups of 10 or more. Groups must book in advance for discounted rates. Call (408) 294-8324 for more details and to book group tickets.

Advance ticketing strongly recommended.
Timed tickets are used for this exhibition.

Special Offers

Special holiday food drive offers free admission to MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition

From Monday, November 26 to Wednesday, December 12, visitors who donate two food items - made up of high-quality, high-need items such as tuna, soups, chili, or canned fruits and vegetables, low-sugar cereals, and fruit juices - receive one free admission per person to MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Tickets are redeemable Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 7 p.m. during the weeks of the food drive only. The offer excludes December 4 and special events.

Holiday Hat Trick

The “holiday hat trick” returns for the second time.  For $25, adults can enjoy skating at Downtown Ice ($15 value), and gain admission to the San Jose Museum of Art ($8 value) and The Tech ($15 value) for $25, a savings of more than 33 percent.  Pick up the “Hat Trick" vouchers at any of the three attractions. Visitors to The Tech can choose to see the museum or the museum and MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Learn more about our other activities for Christmas in the Park!

Costco Special

For a limited time, pick up 2 tickets to our MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition for only $29.99 at Costco locations in the Bay Area!

Military Discount

We are proud to offer a discount to active duty and veteran US Military personnel and their families. Active duty US military personal can receive 1 free combo ticket (1 general museum admission with 1 educational IMAX© film). Military family members will receive $3 off each adult combo ticket and $2 off each child/student/senior combo ticket. Please present your active military ID at the ticket counter to redeem discount. For MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, US Military also get 1 free admission to the exhibition and $3 off each family member they take with them.

Please Read the following before you purchase your tickets:
  • Re-entry is not allowed
  • No cell phones. No food.
  • Last timed-ticket is 60 minutes before closing.
  • Tickets sold online are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-adjustable.
  • You must select show and/or exhibit times when purchasing, and your ticket is only valid for the date and times you select.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your selected entry time.
  • Recommended viewing time is 1 hour.
  • Your ticket will be emailed to you once you complete your transaction for entry.


The First and Only Bay Area Appearance 

October 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. 


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The First and Only Bay Area Appearance 
October 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. 

All activities are aligned with National Science Education Standards. 

Free Teacher Preview

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Space is limited. Call (408) 294-8324 to reserve your space.
Teachers must show active CTA school badge to receive ticket. Sorry, but due to limited number of tickets available, no guests are allowed for this preview.

School Field Trip Pricing

Only $9 per person. Call (408) 294-8324 to book.
Includes admission to this special exhibition and admission to the regular galleries of The Tech.
(Pricing does not include The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.)

Give your students the opportunity to explore the world of science using the same methods as the hosts of Discovery Channel's Emmy®-nominated series, MythBusters..

MythBusters comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity.

Your students will have fun and learn with the many hands-on, interactive experiences that combine popular scientific facts with innovative and engaging displays.

Put your students' scientific curiosity into action in the California-premiere of MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Try a dozen hands-on experiments that will get you and your students hearts and minds racing. Watch live "MythBusting" demonstrations and explore authentic props and gadgets direct from the MythBusters set. 


Activity Guides  available.

Teachers and parents can extend the learning with guides featuring 10 hands-on activities related to myths explored in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The guides features step-by-step directions and easy-to-find materials. Activities explore scientific concepts such as flight, friction, gravity, speed and probability.

Call (408) 294-8324 to book your field trip today.

Buy Tickets Now

Call (408) 294-8324

Exhibit Hours

Open Daily
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
on December 24 & 31
Closed on Christmas Day
Last Tickets sold 60 minutes prior to closing.
Museum Operating Hours for regular galleries may vary. 



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