Educational 3D Films
Complete your visit with an engaging 3D educational film for a truly immersive experience. Our state-of-the-art digital theater features a sophisticated 4K digital projection system and powerfully nuanced sound system, bringing amazing clarity and depth to our 3D films.
The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience
Educational films presented by Primrose Schools
Use the list on the right to see educational film trailers and download teacher guides.
Add a whole new dimension to your field trip with a totally immersive 3D film experience. From the moment your students open their eyes to the digital clarity of The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience, they’re also opening their minds to some of the most fascinating topics that science and nature have to offer. Every minute matters when your group has limited time to explore, so our morning and early afternoon theater schedule includes shorter science films so that your students can enjoy an awe-inspiring experience without missing out on exciting learning opportunities throughout the Museum.
Field trip showtimes are Monday-Friday at 10, 10:40 and 11:20am, and noon and 12:40pm.
Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland 3D
September 4, 2014-May 21, 2015
Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland 3D vividly documents an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters. Part adventure, part scientific expedition, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey to the famed Galapagos Islands. An amazingly immersive cinematic experience, the film delves deep into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory.
Flight of the Butterflies in 3D
May 24, 2014-October 31, 2015
It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. Flight of the Butterflies in 3D takes audiences on a journey through one of the most incredible migrations on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011, and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the United States and into Mexico. The film immerses audiences in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico — to a place it has never been!
Pandas: The Journey Home 3D
May 24, 2014-January 8, 2014
National Geographic Entertainment is proud to bring Pandas: The Journey Home 3D to the world! Audiences will fall in love with this iconic, delightful creature and better understand the desperate plight of pandas in the wild. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Conservation Centre, to bring to light the extraordinary efforts of the Chinese to secure the pandas’ future in the wild. Made at a critical time in the history of the species, the film shows how, after finally achieving success at captive breeding, the Chinese scientists involved with this effort must now face the ultimate challenge of successfully re-introducing pandas into their natural habitat. Meet all of the pandas at the Centre as they get ready for their new lives in various parts of the world, and learn about their fascinating habits as you chuckle at their hijinks.
November 21, 2014-March 22, 2015
What does it take to make a “humanoid” robot — a robot who can do anything we can do but without the benefit of a human brain? This is the challenge for scientists now as they create robots who are becoming eerily like the people who are making them. Fascinating and fun, Robots 3D shows the latest developments — the successes and the failures — from robotic labs around the world and proves it’s not easy being (or creating a) humanoid!
Tornado Alley 3D
January 9-May 21, 2015
Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, for the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley 3D take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point-blank range. Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature’s most dramatic phenomena! Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley 3D documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events — the birth of a tornado. This science adventure reveals the beauty and the power of some of our planet’s most extreme — and least understood — weather phenomena.
DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D
March 6-September 7, 2015
On March 26, 2012, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron succeeded in tackling his biggest challenge ever — a solo journey to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the ocean. Challenger Deep is 10.99 kilometers (6.83 miles) deep and is found at the southern end of the Mariana Trench near Guam. Years in the making, this feat has been compared to landing on the moon. In order to make this journey, Cameron and his engineering team utilized revolutionary engineering and cutting-edge technology. They developed a new singleseat submersible that Cameron himself piloted to the depths of Challenger Deep. Named DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the sub is 7.9 meters (26 feet) long and unlike anything ever built. Cameron’s team describes it as sharing qualities of both a race car and a torpedo.