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Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience

May 1 - Sept. 6

Be prepared. Don’t Panic. Have a plan.

Are you ready for anything? Are you ready to put your mind and body to the test? The Worst Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience is a logical series of fun and immersive physical challenges providing the essential instructions for all you need to know when facing unexpected—but possible—real-life scenarios, with countless moments of excitement along the way. Need help? Our Survival Professionals are available to offer tips and tricks to ensure you make it through safely.

From defusing a bomb to leaping from a moving train, landing a plane to outsmarting a mountain lion, The Worst Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience will have you thinking on your feet and laughing at every turn, as you strive to survive. This exhibition is appropriate for all ages.

...of missing out!

Due to capacity limits, this exhibit requires timed entry which must be obtained at the box office on the day of your visit.
Quantities are limited.

The Hall of Fame Lobby

  • Meet real-world survivors, including emergency first responders, wildlife rescue workers, psychologists, physical trainers, and everyday people, through artifacts, photographs, and videos
  • Explore the tools of the trade.
  • Learn about the science behind the seven steps of survival.

Survival Gym

  • Watch demonstrations on how to fall safely, swim out of quicksand, and survive an avalanche
  • Try to pick a lock with everyday materials.
  • Practice your lie detection ability as you question a friend.
  • Test your motor skills as you jump from the rooftops of one subway car to the next.

Challenge Rooms

  • Put your newly acquired survival smarts to the test. What would you do if you were in a sinking car, caught in a riptide, surrounded by sharks…and a giant octopus? Race the clock as you answer a series of extreme Worst-Case Scenario-based questions.


The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience produced by Exhibits Development Group and developed by Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates in collaboration with Quirk Books and The Franklin Institute