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The Hoglund Foundation Theater

Through the wonders of stunning digital technology, audiences are transported to the depths of the rainforest, times long before humankind existed and wild lands a world away. The Museum’s cutting-edge 297-seat theater features brilliant 4K digital projection, immersive surround sound, and incredible RealD 3D capabilities that come together to create an unmatched theater experience in both 2D and 3D formats.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World 3D

February 17 - May 24, 2018

Approximately 40 minutes

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World 3D is a first film of its kind that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars, and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big 3D celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big 3D reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Sponsored by The Hockaday School 

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Hurricane 3D

September 8, 2017 - May 24, 2018

Approximately 20 minutes

A force so powerful it was revered as a deity by ancient civilizations. Hurricane 3D is the journey of one such storm named Lucy, which explores these weather systems’ true meaning to our daily lives. From bubbling clouds embarking on a three-thousand-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean, Lucy is transformed into a raging monster several hundred miles across.

Our view of this storm is from space, through the eyes of animals, and from the operations rooms of the emergency agencies meant to warn us and help us cope — and we see it from the ground as it explodes and unleashes its fury upon us. 

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Flying Monsters 3D

May 7 - September 3, 2018

Approximately 20 minutes

Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. With wingspans as wide as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight. Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how humans first discovered these creatures and how pterosaurs were able to get off the ground and soar . . . until their sudden disappearance from Earth. 

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Galapagos 3D

Coming Soon

May 25 - September 3, 2018

Approximately 20 minutes

In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos. Amongst these remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment.


Museum Alive

Coming Soon

May 25 - September 3, 2018

Approximately 40 minutes

As the doors are locked and night falls, David Attenborough meets the extinct creatures that fascinate him the most, as they magically come alive in front of his eyes – dinosaurs, ice age beasts, and giant reptiles. This is a special collaboration of experts and curators from the Natural History Museum with 3D and ground-breaking CGI technology. Set within the spectacular Natural History Museum, David is able to analyze each specimen, piecing together the clues before finally revealing each creature as it has never been seen before.


The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience is ADA accessible and is designed to make each one of the 297 seats the best in the house. The gently reclining theater seats are equipped with cup holders, and food and drink are welcome in the theater. Stop by the Café adjacent to the theater before your film!

Theater tickets are available online in advance, or can be purchased during your Museum visit at kiosks outside the theater, or at the lobby box office.

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