Solve a Mystery 75 Years in the Making – Who First Climbed Everest

In 1924 George Mallory and his team attempted to climb Mount Everest. They were last spotted only 800 feet from the summit, before they disappeared completely. It is unknown whether Mallory died before he made it to the top. If he and his team reached the summit, they would have been the first people to have climbed Everest. Mallory’s body was never found, until climber Conrad Anker discovered it frozen and intact 75 years later.

See Wildest Dream: The Conquest of Everestnow playing in our IMAX Theatre. This amazing IMAX story follows George Mallory’s life and incredible journey, recreating it from letters and interviews with his relatives. Linking the past with the future, Anker attempts to climb Everest using the same route and equipment available to Mallory, to try and solve a mystery 75 years in the making: did Mallory make it to the top?

Never-before-seen archival footage combines with the spectacle and grandeur of present-day Everest on the world’s largest screen to portray an adventure — shrouded in mystery — that spans generations.

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Born to be Wild 3D – Coming Soon to IMAX!

Sumatran Orang-utan
Creative Commons License photo credit: Chester Zoo

Who doesn’t love animals? Here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we not only love animals, we relish the chance to share that love with our visitors. What better way than to announce an upcoming 3D IMAX film that follows the tale of a cute orangutan and an adorable baby elephant.

Born to be Wild 3D is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time.

Animal Innocence.
Creative Commons License photo credit: matrianklw

Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, Born to be Wild 3D is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.

This film is narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman.

Adorable animals?
Check!

Interacting with Humans?
Check!

Soothing voice of Morgan Freeman narrating?
Check!

On a six story tall IMAX screen in 3D?
Check, check, and check!

Get excited for Born to be Wild 3D, swinging into the Wortham IMAX Theatre May 27, 2011

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Sea Rex 3D swims into IMAX!

Explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures that ruled the oceans millions of years ago in Sea Rex 3D – now showing in HMNS IMAX!.

Mosasaurus hoffmannii skeleton on display at the
Maastricht Natural History Museum,
The Netherlands

Guided by Georges Cuvier, considered by many to be the father of paleontology, viewers learn about predators such as the ichthyosaur, plesiosaur, and mosasaur. These ancient creatures could grow up to 50 feet and could weigh as much as 15 tons.

Learn about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous eras and how life evolved in the deep oceans of Earth. See a mosasaur battle the Great White Shark’s ancestor and witness the mating habits of the plesiosaur.

You’re going to love the film’s time line of the history of the Earth, showing the evolution of the first single cell organisms to the mammals that evolved and began to walk on land. What I found fascinating is the amount of time each of the dinosaurs ruled the world in comparison to humans. Dinosaurs walked the earth for over 160 million years, while humans have only been around for about 200,000 years comparatively.

Evidence of giant marine predators were first discovered in a mine shaft in the Dutch city of Maastricht in 1770, when the partial skull of a Mosasaurus hoffmannii was uncovered. Sea Rex 3D takes you on a journey from the creation of earth until the meteor that killed off 95% of life 65 million years ago. Don’t miss this incredible story about our planet’s history and the monsters that ruled the sea for over 120 million years.

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Sea Rex 3D is now showing in the Wortham IMAX Theater. See show times on our Film Schedule.

Happy America Recycles Day! Bring your old cell phone to HMNS, See Wild Ocean 3D Free

Today, Monday, November 15, is America Recycles Day – the only national day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Started by the recycling sector organization National Recycling Coalition in 1997, America Recycles Day has been a program of Keep America Beautiful since 2009.

Wild Ocean 3D
Recycle your old cell phone at HMNS and
get a free ticket to see Wild Ocean 3D!

We think one day isn’t long enough! This entire week, from today through Sunday, Nov. 21, we are teaming up with Nokia to recycle mobile devices.

With every old cell phone or mobile device you turn in, you’ll receive a free IMAX ticket to see Wild Ocean 3D, courtesy of Nokia. That’s right; that old cell phone that’s been collecting dust for months can be turned into the HMNS box office for a free Wild Ocean 3D IMAX ticket! Any phone from any manufacturer will be accepted.

Five Reasons to Recycle Your Cell Phone:

1. Cell phone batteries contain toxic chemicals that can leech into the environment if not disposed of properly.

2. Recycling one cell phone saves enough energy to power a laptop for 44 hours.

3. Reduce Clutter! Up to 75 percent of obsolete phones are stockpiled in drawers, including the battery and the charger.

4. It’s making you look like Zack Morris. And not in an ironic way.

5. Your Old Cell Phone = Free Ticket to Wild Ocean 3D in IMAX at HMNS!