Exhibits Development Group announces premiere of The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience

Exhibits Development Group, a global leader in travelling exhibitions, has announced the world premiere of The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience at The Franklin Institute.

Exhibits Development Group (EDG) is pleased to announce the world premiere of its latest exhibition, based on the popular worst-case scenario survival handbook series, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience opens at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on 19 October 2019 and will run until 19 April 2020.

This unique new exhibition from EDG is a hands-on, immersive experience, presenting challenges and essential survival instructions. It explores several unexpected by possible real-life scenarios. EDG has partnered with Quirk Books, Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates and The Franklin Institute to present this new experience.

Worst Case Scenario EDG Guests picking locks

Hands-on experience

“This is more than your typical museum exhibit. This is a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves activity that is challenging and enticing for people of all ages,” said Amy Seitz, founder and CEO of EDG.

“Our teams worked extremely hard to bring the survival experience to this exhibit so that attendees can make it what they want. Some people love to be more involved and solve problems while others can enjoy the experience while watching their friends and family challenge themselves. It is truly is ground-breaking.”

Visitors will develop fundamental skills such as staying calm, thinking logically, using creativity and being prepared, as they explore real-world solutions and are challenged with problems, tasks and activities. The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience includes practical examples, where visitors can participate and learn new skills.

Through real-world problem solving, mind-boggling tasks, and energizing activities, the exhibition helps visitors develop the fundamental skills that are used in all worst-case scenarios: staying calm, thinking logically, using creativity, and being prepared. The exhibition features practical situational exercises that encourage participant exploration and discovery.

Worst Case Scenario visitors on exhibit

Iconic imagery

The much-loved imagery from the book and brand is a central part of the new exhibition. Real-life stories are presented by superhero-themed graphics, artefacts, and photos, lining the Hall of Fame gallery. Examples include fleeing from angry lions and surviving a shark attack. The stories encourage visitors to put themselves in that persons shoes and think about what they would have done.

The Hall of Fame also celebrates everyday heroes such as emergency first responders, wildlife rescue workers, psychologists, and physical trainers.

During their visit, participants will learn how to jump from a moving train car, pick a lock, escape from quicksand, survive an avalanche and more. The Survival Gymnasium features 13 challenges, alongside step-by-step instructions, expert advice, and the training to build worst-case survival skills.

Dotted around the Survival Gymnasium are listening stations featuring excerpts from the original audiobook voiced by Burt Reynolds.

Worst Case Scenario Ball Pit EDG

20th anniversary

The much-loved series of books celebrates its 20th anniversary this autumn. Earlier in the year, co-authors David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven released an updated edition that included 20 new scenarios for 21st-century, featuring threats like cyberbullying, extreme weather and “fake news.”

“Josh and I always dreamed of turning Worst-Case Scenario into an interactive experience, and we couldn’t be more excited about partnering with the Franklin Institute to make this come to life,” says Borgenicht. “Adults and kids will have a great time testing their limits, facing their fears, and learning to survive life’s sudden turns for the worst.”

“We’re so fortunate to have an amazingly talented team that’s really brought the books to life and created not just an exhibit but really a first-of-its-kind experience that’s going to amaze and educate museum visitors,” says Piven.

EDG also recently announced that booking had opened for Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. This exhibition includes more than 100 rare artefacts, props and set pieces from the Star Trek TV series, spin-offs, and movies.

All Images: credit Daryl Morran.