Mythbusters Exhibition Opens with a Bang at The Tech Museum

Co-hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, along with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and museum president, Tim Ritchie, unveiled the exhibition with an explosion of the double doors leading into the exhibit.

Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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NBC Bay Area reporter Bob Redell busts myths at the San Jose Tech Museum, where the Discovery Channel's MythBusters has an exhibit this month. Watch Bob run through radioactive rain and whip a tablecloth off a table without disrupting the cutlery.

NBC Bay Area reporter Bob Redell busts myths at the San Jose Tech Museum, where the Discovery Channel's MythBusters has an exhibit this month. Watch Bob run through radioactive rain and whip a tablecloth off a table without disrupting the cutlery.

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In typical MythBusters form, The Explosive Exhibition opened up with a bang at The Tech Museum in San Jose this week.

Co-hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, along with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and museum president, Tim Ritchie, unveiled the exhibition with an explosion of the double doors leading into the exhibit.

"It was a play off of the fantastic work they do in the series," said Roqua Montez, director of public relations at the museum. "We thought it would be cool to kick off the opening of The Explosive Exhibition with an explosion."

The doors that were blown up led to the Blueprint Room, which is an exact replica of the workstation for the MythBusters that is seen on the show, Montez said.

"It's like walking into the Discovery Channel's MythBusters set," he said.

But at The Tech Museum, it won't be the MythBusters busting myths. That job will be for the guests of the exhibit.

There are 11 myths that can be busted by guests, all of which appeared on the show, including "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?" and "Can a person drive blindfolded?"

"It's a cool, exciting way to learn through science," Montez said.

Montez said that, even if you've seen the shows of the myths offered at the exhibit, the conclusions might be different from those on the show.

"It's about the interactivity, engagement and how you get there," he said.

The exhibit, which is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., officially opens to the public on Saturday, and will be at the museum through Jan. 6, 2013. Admission into the exhibit is $22 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, and $12 for children ages 3 to 17.

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