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“Cool facts..... but some are outdated AND rip off ticket selling practice”

Guinness World Records Museum
Ranked #126 of 265 things to do in San Antonio
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557 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 924 helpful votes
“Cool facts..... but some are outdated AND rip off ticket selling practice”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Ok, let's start with very few positive points I can think of:
1) There are many cool world records displayed in photos on the wall but some interactive stations: like you can try to beat the world record by playing on drum machine (record is >1000 beats per minutes), card flipping and recall how many you remember etc. Just because of those stuff, I am not giving 1 star= terrible to this attraction.
2) You can take pictures with cheap, inflated rubber replica of the world tallest man for FREE before agreeing to proceed with rip off ticket buying ordeal. Well, this item alone gave you what kind of museum it is going to be. More like a cheap show at state fair.

Now, here comes tons of negatives:
1) First of all, they have a cynical plan and that's why they do not show "official entrance fee" on the wall. Instead, there is a break down of fee on some mouse pad like thing on the counter saying, each attraction worths 9.99 and thus all 4 attractions (other lame "o" things like Tomb Raider ride) costs somewhere around $40. But a young lad at the counter said he really want to sell combo tickets at half price, i.e. $20. I refused to buy combo tickets because I do not have time to see all and I'm not interested in childish 3D ride and 4D shows. So I politely requested to sell me tickets for "Guinness World Records Only" because I never been to a Guinness Museum. Then guess what, without telling me how much it is going to cost, he charged me $23 (before coupons) although I am seeing only 1 out of 4 their rip off things and still charging for a combo ticket! See my picture of receipt.
2) Many of those displays could be outdated and no longer ture. For example, museum said yahoo ex- CEO is the youngest billionaire (see the attached picture) but I and many others who use computer/internet knew that it is just plain wrong. Mark Zuckerberg, the facebook owner is definitely richer than $ 4 billions and was younger when he started facebook. But the correct answer (as of today) is his coworker Dustin Moskovitz, who is eight days younger than him. When a museum charges some rip off price, I expect them to make displays up to date. Otherwise, this place could be at least 5-10 years outdated and I feel like I'm reading some useless, outdated Guinness Record book from some used book sales (just to kill time).
3) Actually part of no. 2. As many TA reviewers already mentioned, you could just buy the latest edition of Guinness World record book or just google for free (which I just did to find out who is the youngest billionaire and you can even see all facts from guinness website).
4) Since they sold that rip off combo tickets as described above, I also went to tomb raider 3D train ride. It was so boring and I do not see any 3D like thing after wearing 3D glasses. It won't even amuse a 3 years old child and nobody else was riding this train at that time. Even staff knew that and so they didn't even attempt to take pictures (like other attractions do) and sell it to me. If you really have to buy combo ticket for your family, I'd suggest "Haunted house" could be the best you can have in this tourist trap place.
I'll also write a separate review about tourist trap places in Alamo Plaza.

Visited June 2013
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Alexander A, Manager at Guinness World Records Museum, responded to this review, 6 July 2013
I'm very sorry you did not enjoy our attraction. We would like to make it right, please email us at your convenience to amaro@phillipsentertainmentinc.com so that we can talk about your visit. Hope to hear from you soon!

Alexander Amaro
Phillips Entertainment Inc.
329 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
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DOVER
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394 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Boring, dont waste your money”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

It was boring, they were just picture frames on the wall with the facts, don't go!! My daughter begged me to do all the Ripleys stuff on the street, the only one that is any good is the 4-D moving theater.

Visited June 2013
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3 Thank CAROL L
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New Haven, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“interesting”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

interesting for people who like to keep this kind of information in their mind, the price is a little bit high to the lace, it should be cheaper

Visited April 2013
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Thank Lilime1986
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Sadly we didn't get our money's worth”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

I was expecting more display, it was mostly frames on the wall and we had to read a lot. I could've gone to Barne's & Noble's and opened up a book rather than paying $40 for 2 people.

Visited April 2013
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Alexander A, Manager at Guinness World Records Museum, responded to this review, 9 May 2013
I'm very sorry we could not provide you with the interactive experience we strive for. We would like to make it right, please email us at your convenience to amaro@phillipsentertainmentinc.com so that we can talk about your visit. Hope to hear from you soon!

Alexander Amaro
Phillips Entertainment Inc.
329 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dallas, Texas
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“Pleasantly surprised!”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

Got a groupon for this and decided to visit while visiting San Antonio. Regular price is too much for this exhibit. With the groupon it was about $20 for 4 people. You do have to take your time and read all the info and do some of the interactive displays. We spent almost 2 hours there. our group age ranged from 18-30 and we all had fun. I just would feel right paying full price for this. tried to find a coupon and it might be better on the wallet. But it is fun for sure!

Visited March 2013
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Thank edwin_3790
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