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American Museum of Natural History Presents 3D Films Beginning with MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD Today

For the first time ever, the American Museum of Natural History will show films in 3D digital beginning today, January 10, withMysteries of the Unseen World-a new giant-screen adventure that transports audiences to hidden dimensions too small, too fast, or too slow for the human eye. Produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Day's End Pictures, Mysteries of the Unseen World is narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.

"With the addition of 3D digital screenings, the American Museum of Natural History has added one more way for visitors to be fully immersed in the latest large-format films about science and nature," said Brad Harris, senior director of Visitor Services.

Mysteries of the Unseen World offers a particularly exciting experience in 3D. Each day, trailblazing researchers are pushing the envelope with new technologies to peer with increasing clarity into these once-invisible realms. This critical research is taking place all over the world-including at the American Museum of Natural History, where scientists use an array of advanced imaging technologies to examine and analyze specimens and phenomena at levels of detail previously unimaginable (examples of this work are currently on view in the Museum exhibition, Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies). Mysteries of the Unseen World(running time 40-minutes) allows viewers to see things not visible to the naked eye, thanks to the film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology. The film will screen in 2D film and 3D digital at the Museum through June 2014.

Audiences will share experiences once reserved for scientists and see a whole new universe of wondrous nature, daily events that escape the naked eye, even secrets crucial to our survival. The discoveries portrayed in the film are culled from those happening in today's laboratories, where existing and emerging technologies are yielding exciting new images of long-unseen worlds.

Mysteries of the Unseen World uses time-lapse images and high-speed cameras to reveal spectacles of life that happen too slowly or too quickly for human perception-from cymbals flexing to a rattlesnake strike. The film also allowsvisitors to view the world as though they had x-ray vision, or infrared vision like mosquitos, and peer into a world of wonders too small for the human eye to see-from the minute structures on a butterfly's wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body down to items on the nanoscale.

Mysteries of the Unseen World will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am, 12:30pm,2:30pm, and 4:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30pm, and 3:30 pm. Times are subject to change. To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see Page 3.)

Visitors interested in learning more about advance image technologies at the Museum can visit the Museum's Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints showcasing advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the Museum and revealing once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The images in Picturing Science were taken as part of current research at the Museum, including studies of evolving supernovas, long-buried ancient villages, microscopic hairs on wasp antennae, biological fluorescence, and more by 27 Museum scientists, students, and staff from the Divisions of Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Physical Sciences, Vertebrate Zoology, and Paleontology, as well as from the Richard Gilder Graduate School.

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The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. It is home to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, New York State's official memorial to its 33rd governor and the nation's 26th president, and a tribute to Roosevelt's enduring legacy of conservation. The Museum's five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support approximately 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, and one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. In 2012, the Museum began offering a pilot Master of Arts in Teaching program with a specialization in Earth science. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the Museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents. The Museum's website, broader digital dissemination, and collection of apps for mobile devices extend its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond its walls. Visit for more information.

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Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum's scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum's 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested, $17 (students/seniors) suggested, $12.50 (children) suggested. All prices are subject to change.

The Museum offers discounted combination ticket prices that include suggested general admission plus special exhibitions, IMAX films, and Space Shows.

  • Museum Plus One includes one special exhibition, IMAX film, or Space Show: $27 (adults), $22 (students/seniors), $16 (children)
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