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Matthew Pearson

Now Showing at the Science Museum IMAX Theatre

Below, you'll find what's now showing at the Science Museum IMAX Theatre, including...

  • A DiCaprio-narrated guide to the universe's most famous telescope.
  • A documentary about the International Space Station
  • And more.

Hubble 3D

Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this spectacular documentary about the Hubble Space Telescope. The 3D film takes you up into outer space to join space-walking astronauts as they attempt to repair and upgrade the famous and vital space telescope. This thoroughly gripping ride focuses on the intense difficulties inherent in the task and the unexpected problems which occur in an environment which leaves no room for error. You’re also led through the story of the Hubble Space Telescope’s creation and application, learning how it has enabled us to better capture the magnificence of the universe and deepen our understanding of the cosmos. Using data and imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope itself, the film transports the viewer out into our celestial surrounding, taking you past the Helix Nebula, the iconic Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula and into Saturn’s aurora. Dates and times vary. Check the schedule here to make sure it’s on during your planned Science Museum IMAX Theatre visit. Duration: 45 minutes Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult Tickets: Adults £11, Seniors £10, Concessions £9. Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children) £23, family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child) £25. For 4 (1 adult, 3 children) it's £30, family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £32. 5 person family (2 adults, 3 children) £39 But a ticket is included with The London Pass. Show your London Pass at reception to pick up a ticket for that day's screening. [caption id="attachment_5576" align="alignnone" width="1000"]

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Apollo 11: First Steps Edition 2D

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first time that men walked on the Moon, this film recreates the summit of human space exploration using only archival footage from the time. There’s no Hollywood narrator here, no modern recreations, no talking heads. The stunning footage—including plenty previously unseen by the general public—is allowed to speak for itself. Although we all know how the mission went, the documentary does a fantastic job of creating and maintaining a suspenseful atmosphere, with real armrest-grabbing moments. This, along with the stunning visuals, generates a sense of wonder and awe for the accomplishments of the intrepid Apollo 11 adventurers and all those back on the ground who made it possible. Though you may feel you know all there is to know about the 1969 mission or seen all the footage there is to see, this movie challenges that assumption. As it does so, it reawakens a sense of astronomical excitement in even the most well-versed, space-saturated viewers. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of the momentous mission. Dates and times vary. Check the schedule here to make sure it’s on during your planned Science Museum IMAX Theatre visit. Duration: 48 minutes Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult Tickets: Adults £11, Seniors £10, Concessions £9. Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children) £23, family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child) £25. For 4 (1 adult, 3 children) it's £30, family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £32. 5 person family (2 adults, 3 children) £39 But a ticket is included with The London Pass. Show your London Pass at reception to pick up a ticket for that day's screening. [caption id="attachment_5577" align="alignnone" width="1000"]

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A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

Narrated by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, A Beautiful Planet is a documentary that offers one of the most spectacular birds-eye views on humanity. Join astronauts on the International Space Station as they orbit our planet, see the world from their perspective and learn what such a perspective teaches us about the planet, the problems facing humans and what can be done to address them. The ISS, after all, is a collaborative international effort, and their existence up there, at the frontier of human exploration, learning and society, is humanity—or what humanity could be—in microcosm. The film includes fascinating footage of daily life on the ISS, and spectacular views of our planet, including sequences that dive into the eye of a tropical cyclone and reveal the splendour of the polar auroras. Our pressing ecological responsibilities are put front and centre in a love letter to a planet that needs us to work together. Dates and times vary. Check the schedule here to make sure it’s on during your planned Science Museum IMAX Theatre visit. Duration: 45 minutes Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult Tickets: Adults £11, Seniors £10, Concessions £9. Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children) £23, family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child) £25. For 4 (1 adult, 3 children) it's £30, family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £32. 5 person family (2 adults, 3 children) £39 But a ticket is included with The London Pass. Show your London Pass at reception to pick up a ticket for that day's screening. [caption id="attachment_5578" align="alignnone" width="1000"]

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Deep Sea 3D

Swim with some of the most iconic, beautiful and dangerous beasts on the planet during this documentary, shot using IMAX 3D technology. Head down to depths few have seen to meet the creatures that live in our oceans. You’ll meet unusual underwater critters like the Rainbow Nudibranch and unbelievable deep-sea residents like the Giant Pacific Octopus. Danny Elfman provides the score, while Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet narrate, so there’s a splash of Hollywood magic on top of the marine marvellousness. Dates and times vary. Check the schedule here to make sure it’s on during your planned Science Museum IMAX Theatre visit. Duration: 45 minutes Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult Tickets: Adults £11, Seniors £10, Concessions £9. Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children) £23, family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child) £25. For 4 (1 adult, 3 children) it's £30, family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £32. 5 person family (2 adults, 3 children) £39 But a ticket is included with The London Pass. Show your London Pass at reception to pick up a ticket for that day's screening. [caption id="attachment_5579" align="alignnone" width="1000"]

sciencemuseum.org.uk[/caption] So, that's what's showing right now. Are you looking for more science-based attractions? Look no further.

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