The Science of Guinness World Records, Perot Museum

Turk Studio

Date/Time

March 06, 2021 to September 06, 2021

Location

Perot Museum of Nature and Science View map
2201 N. Field Street,
Dallas, TX, 75201

Additional Information

Description

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? And what motivates someone to learn how to solve three Rubik’s Cubes simultaneously … whilst juggling?

Discover the marvels of Guinness World Records attempts and the science (and secrets) behind their triumphs when this exhibition, co-produced by Science North and Ripley’s Entertainment, makes its U.S. debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Guests will learn what it takes to crash through these seemingly impossible ceilings, the physical and mental thresholds humans possess, and the scientific principles that explain their awe-inspiring feats.

Dozens of engaging exhibits – from the largest Pac-Man videogame, to reaction competitions, speed drumming and a dance-a-thon – will challenge and encourage all ages to go behind the scenes and discover the discipline driving these fascinating accomplishments.

From the smallest stop-motion film (hint: it’s measured in nanometers), to the most drumbeats in one minute (2,400 beats or 40 beats per second!) to the longest moustache ever (14 feet) and the most consecutive pinky pull-ups (36), exhibition goers can discover some of the most astonishing record titles with opportunities to challenge themselves and others in pursuit of their own Guinness World Records glory.

Interactive exhibits – including reaction, hang time and balance challenges, speed tag, hoop-it-up basketball, experiments, puzzles, fast fists punching walls, memory tests, a kid’s zone and more – will help visitors elicit an understanding of their body, how it responds under distress, and how it focuses and endures. Before exploring, guests can create their own username and digital avatar to track their progress on leaderboards throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition also celebrates some of the quirkier Guinness World Records title holders – from bubble-blowers to stackers of cups, wine glasses and even bowling balls! Plus, visitors can check out intriguing artifacts such as the smallest handmade chess set and the paper used in the most times to fold a piece of paper attempt. Kids can crawl through the capybara (i.e. the largest rodent) house, while all ages can walk through the tallest man’s door or try to squeeze through the smallest couple’s door.

Tickets
Special exhibit admission is $8 for adults (13-64) and seniors (65+), $6 for youth (2-12) and free for children under 2; plus general admission: $20 for adults, $13 for youth, and $18 for seniors
-Museum members: $5 for all age levels; free general admission
-Tickets are timed entry and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets online.

Hours
Open daily May 31 – September 6
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Last exhibit entry at 4pm
The Café will be open daily 11am – 4pm
Member-only mornings: 9–10am every Saturday and 10–11am every Sunday