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

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.

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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