Wild Africa | 3D
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.
Travel to fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and uncover the fascinating secrets of this amazing place. Learn how spectacular thermal geysers help turn thousands of flamingos pink, and create the perfect conditions for them to breed; why the heat beating down on waterless dunes in the Namib Desert forces a lizard to dance; and why it snows on the equator.
It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it follows the efforts of the First Order, a group that is the successor to the Galactic Empire, to eliminate Luke Skywalker and the New Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke's twin sister, General Leia Organa, opposes the First Order while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.
"It's everything the kid in us goes to the movies for -- marvelous adventure that leaves us surprised, scared and euphoric." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Duration: 136 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | 3D
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
"Dawn of Justice is a dark-palette feast for the eyes, with some memorable set pieces, just the right amount of dark humor, strong performances and so many inside references and hints of characters and films to come there could be an entire day of Comic-Con panels just about the spoilers and the teasers...When it sings, Dawn of Justice is a wonder." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 151 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.
Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics Lab.
View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
Included in General Admission | The Watershed Lab allows visitors to create their own rivers; watch salmon develop from eggs to smolts; explore the microscopic world that supports us all, and see how we all fit into the region we call the Northwest.
D-Day: Normandy 1944
June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day blends animation, CGI and stunning live-action images in exploring the history, military strategy, science, technology and human values involved in this monumental event.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: Ages 6 & Up
Zootopia | 3D
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia stars the voice talents of Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jason Bateman.
"Zootopia is one of my favorite animated movies. Not one of my favorite animated movies of the last year or two, or of the last decade, or in recent memory. It's one of my favorite animated movies, period." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 108 mins. | Rating: PG
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. Narrated by actor Christopher Lee, Mummies provides audiences a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. Scientists today are reconstructing mummy DNA and deciphering ancient texts in order to gain insight into modern human genetics and devise new medical treatments. To unwrap the secrets of the pharaohs is to perhaps glimpse the future of our own civilization.
Flying Monsters | 3D
For thousands of years, humans have believed that there were once flying monsters. But did they really exist beyond our nightmares? In Flying Monsters, veteran filmmaker and renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough takes viewers to a prehistoric world inhabited by pterosaurs, flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet that lived alongside the dinosaurs.
Two-hundred-and-twenty-million years ago dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction – and one of the great mysteries in paleontology. Audiences watch as Attenborough describes pioneering scientific techniques that reveal new details about pterosaurs, using pterosaur embryos to show that they might have flown from birth and advances in imaging technology and aerodynamics to describe how a creature the size of a giraffe could possibly take to prehistoric skies.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Antarctica: On The Edge
Antarctica lives in our dreams as the most remote, most forbidding continent on Earth. Yet it is also a fragile place, home to an incredible variety of marine life along its edges: several species of penguins, tens of thousands of seals, humpback, Minke and killer whales, and dozens of different seabirds including giant, soaring albatrosses. It is arguably the most stunning, the most breathtaking place on the planet. Because of all the ice that covers and surrounds it, Antarctica changes every season, every day, every hour; its beauty is never the same twice.
But the nine-hundred-mile long Peninsula that juts out from the continent like a long finger is changing faster than anywhere on the planet, thanks to both warming air and sea temperatures.
Traveling to Antarctica from the tip of South America by sailboat and then along the Peninsula by sea kayak, foot, small plane and dive gear, we will take a look at this one-of-a-kind place and bring back a unique perspective on our planet’s most remote region and the incredible wildlife that call it home.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages