From December 20 to January 4, the Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Museum will be CLOSED Christmas Day, December 25.



Choose Your Own Giant Screen Film!

With our Teacher'€™s Choice program, you can select the Giant Screen film that€™'s right for your class trip to the Museum!

Please note that Teacher's Choice is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The option is to choose which film will play at that particular time slot. It is NOT a private screening.

Educator resources are available! Visit our Field Trips Curriculum page for educational downloads related to each film or e-mail our Field Trips department at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Program Requirements

Booking A Teacher's Choice Giant Screen Theater Show Requires A Group Of 25 Or More.  Reservations Must Be Made At Least 5 Business Days In Advance. Please Note That Any Seats Not Filled By Students Will Be Made Available For Public Sale.


Available Teacher'€™s Choice Showtimes:

Monday thru Friday
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

For time and availability call 713-639-4659.


Available october 2014 - December 18, 2014

altTornado Alley 3D

Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 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 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! NSF supported.


Pandas - The Journey Home 3D

altNational Geographic Entertainment is proud to bring Pandas: The Journey Home to the world! You will fall in love anew with this iconic, delightful creature and better understand the desperate plight of pandas in the wild. The filmmakers of Pandas: The Journey Home were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China to bring to light the extraordinary efforts of the Chinese to secure the panda's future in the wild. Directed by Nicolas Brown and produced by Caroline Hawkins of Oxford Scientific Films, the film follows the center's pandas at a significant milestone in their history. After decades of its captive breeding program, the center has hit its target number of 300 giant pandas and must now tackle the challenge of reintroducing breeding populations to the wild. The filmmakers were allowed to film the release of pandas bred in captivity and to follow a group of wild pandas in their mountain habitat. Meet all of the pandas at the center 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. It turns out pandas are as much fun as they are cute, and they love getting the best of their keepers! Experience too the dedication of the scientists who work tirelessly on behalf of this amazing animal. And follow one panda in particular, Tao Tao, as he is released into the bamboo forest to begin his adventure "€œliving wild."€




Galapagos 3D -

altIn the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos archipelago. Amongst these fascinating and 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. Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. Around the archipelago, converging cross-winds and deep, cold, nutrient-rich currents have made possible a unique and bio-diverse marine oasis, which boasts everything from abundant microscopic plankton to Galapagos sharks. This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature'€™s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D. You're invited to explore these extraordinary and enchanted islands, whose remarkable inhabitants helped change the way we understand nature.


altD-Day 3D: Normandy 1944

D-Day: NORMANDY 1944 takes advantage of the giant screen in order to explain and show, in the most creative and impressive way, how the fate of the present-day world was decided, not only on D-Day but months, even years before; not only on the beaches of Normandy but everywhere in the world, especially in England and North America; not only by hundreds of thousands of soldiers but by civilians too...

Learning objectives include:

Science & Technology
Strategic Planning & Thinking
Communication (without cellphones, internet)
Core values such as Courage, Commitment and Confidence



Jerusalem 3D
Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, a new 3D giant screen film adventure immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey, €”soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City, €”so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions.

Educators Guide in Spanish



Flight of the Butterflies 3D
What is Flight of the Butterflies in 3D? It'€™s a natural history epic. It'€™s a detective story. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the butterflies'€™ secret hideaway and a year for the award-winning production team to film the butterflies. Immerse yourself in the astounding migration experience as the butterflies migrate north from Mexico to Canada and travel back south to the incredible butterfly sanctuaries of Mexico.



Great White Shark 3D
Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear! GWS will explore the Great White's place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.




Titans of the Ice Age 3D
Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life, €”from saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. The magic of the giant screen reveals the harsh and beautiful kingdom of these titans: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts.




Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D
Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. Mysteries of the Unseen World will reveal phenomena that can'€™t be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale.



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