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Movies Come to Life at Museum of Science's New 4-D Theater

Photos courtesy of SimEx-Iwerks.

Swimming with bottlenose dolphins in search of food is probably something most people will never experience, but a visit to the Museum of Science, Boston may get you closer to knowing what it would feel like.

The Museum’s new 4-D Theater, which opened a week ago, will transform the way museum visitors experience film. 4-D combines the high definition features of a 3-D film with physical special effects, making viewers feel as though they are part of the movie.

The 4-D Theater features industry-leading technology to provide museum-goers with a full sensory experience that will bring on-screen images to life. The action spills out of the screen over the audience with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects including wind, water misting, blowing snow, bubbles, scents, and even a tremor beneath the feet, making the audience feel like they are part of the action on-screen.

So, as you are swimming with those dolphins, you’ll feel the ocean spray in your face. Or perhaps you are trekking through the Alaskan Tundra, where snowflakes will fall gently around you. A hike through a field of wildflowers might be accompanied by the summery perfume of the flowers. As an earthquake shakes on-screen, you’ll feel a (perhaps unsettling) tremble in the floor beneath you. You get the idea.

Photos courtesy of SimEx-Iwerks.

In the new theater, the Museum will offer films that are both educational and fun. Currently, three films are playing, offering a range of exciting journeys. Museum visitors can surf the coast with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and glide alongside a cast of balletic sea lions in Planet Earth: Shallow Seas 4-D Experience; join Dora, Diego, and Boots as they try to catch a Robot Butterfly in Dora & Diego's 4-D Adventure; or journey to the icy Antarctic world to meet Mumble in Happy Feet 4-D Experience. Check the Museum’s website for more info. The cost to visit this bonus Boston attraction for CityPASS holders is $6 for adults and $5 for children.

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