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IMAX Film Library for Field Trips

Take your class on a field trip under the sea or into space!  Through IMAX technology and the giant screen, journey to places where your students can be inspired without leaving your seat. Experience the immersive power of The Tech Museum's Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. See, hear and feel more with crystal clear images up to eight stories high and 13,000 watts of wrap-around digital surround sound.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater holds 280 guests and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. School groups qualify for a special group rate. Please ask about this opportunity when making your reservations.

See to our calendar for regular showing IMAX films. If you are a group of 50 or more, the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. time slots can be reserved with a film from our library of your choosing. Show times and IMAX films are based upon availability.

The IMAX film library

Most films have downloadable Educator's Resource Guides 

Adventures in Wild California 

Take a virtual expedition that will send you careening down an icy mountain snowboarders; twirling above the clouds with skysurfers; swimming with otters; excavating a thirty-story tall Giant Sequoia and emerging from under the spray of one of California's biggest surfable waves.

California Content Standards: Kindergarten: 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c; Grade 1:2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c; Grade 2: 1c, 1e, 2a, 2e, 3b, 3e; Grade 3:3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e 

D-Day: Normandy 1944

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world.


Flight of the Butterflies 

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Weighing less than a penny, the Monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

California Content Standards:
Grade K: Life Sciences 2: 2a-c  Investigation and Experimentation 4; Grade 1: Life Sciences 2: 2a-e  Investigation and Experimentation 4; Grade 2: Life Sciences 2: 2a-f  Investigation and Experimentation 4; Grade 3: Life Sciences 3: 3a-e, Investigation and Experimentation 4; Grade 4: Life Sciences 2: 2a-c 3a-d, Investigation and Experimentation 6; Grade 5: Life Sciences 2a, f-g, Investigation and Experimentation 6; Grade 6: Ecology 5a-e, Investigation and Experimentation 7; Grade 7: Cell Biology: 1a, d, f  Genetics 2a-e, Evolution 3a, e, Investigation and Experimentation 7; Grade 8: Investigation and Experimentation 9; Grades 9-12: Ecology 6a-c, f, g  Investigation and Experimentation 12

Educator Resources:
Educator Guide - all ages
Educator Guide - Spanish

Forces of Nature

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There are nearly 500,000 earthquakes, over 1,000 tornadoes, and about 50 volcanoes erupting around the world each year. The science stories inForces of Nature are augmented with computer graphics sequences designed to illustrate the inner workings of these forces.

Forces of Nature lets you experience what it's like when the ground shakes, mountains explode and the sky turns black and violent. Follow scientists on their groundbreaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. Learn what is being done to predict and prepare for these events — and minimize their destructive forces.

California Content Standards: Grade 4: 4, 5, 5a; Grade 5: 3, 3c; Grade 6: 1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1g, 2, 2d, 3, 3a, 3c, 4, 4c, 4d, 4e; Grade 7: 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4f

Educator Resources:
Educator Guide - all ages

Hidden Universe

Take an extraordinary journey deep into space in the cinematic medium that transports audiences like no other. Mesmerizing, high-resolution images from space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies and travel the terrain of Mars; witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning new views of the Sun; and peer deep inside the universe's most mysterious nebulae where stars are born. Seen for the first time on the giant IMAX screen, these dramatic new images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe. Narrated by Miranda Richardson.

California Content Standards: Grade 3: Physical Sciences 2.b, 2.d; Earth Sciences: 4.a, 4.c-e  Grade 5: Physical Sciences 1.b, 1.h; Earth Sciences 5.a-c  Grade 7: Physical Sciences 6.a, 6.d, 6.f; Earth Sciences 4.b  Grade 8: Physical Sciences 2.g; Earth Sciences 4.a-e  Grades 9-12: Earth Sciences 1.a, 1.b, 1.d-g, 2.a-d, 2.f, 2.g


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Experience the gripping story – full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph – in Hubble. Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in the history of NASA.

California Content Standards: Grade 3: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e,Grade 5: 5a, 5b, 5c, Grade 6: 4a, 4b, Grade 7: 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g,Grade 8: 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e

Educator Resources:
Hubble Education Guide Grades 3-5
Hubble Education Guide Grades 6-8


Humpback Whales

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An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.   Captured for the first time with IMAX® cameras, join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback, life size on our giant screen.

California Content Standards:
 Kindergarten: 2.c; Grade 1: 2.a,c,d; Grade 3: 3.b,d; Grade 4: 3.b
Next Generation Science Standards: Disciplinary Core Ideas-LS2.A (Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems), LS2.B (Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems), LS2.C (Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience), LS4.B (Natural Selection), LS4.C (Adaptation)


Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar 

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Join us on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar for the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs.  Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered.  Follow trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.  Narrated by Morgan Freeman

California Content Standards:  Grade 1: Life Sciences 2.a, 2.c; Grade 2: Life Sciences 2.c, 2.d; Grade 4: Life Sciences 3.a-c; Grade 7 Life Sciences 3.a, 3.c; High School: Life Sciences 6.a, 7.d, 8.b, 8.d


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Jerusalem takes you on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world's oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over the past 5,000 years, Jerusalem's enduring appeal remains a mystery. What made it so important to so many different cultures? How did it become the center of the world for three major religions? Why does it still matter to us?

California Content Standards: California Social Studies/History Standards: 7.2

Educator Resources:
Education Materials
Spirtual Study Guide

Journey to the South Pacific

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Take a breathtaking IMAX®  adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. Narrated by Cate Blanchett.

California Content Standards: Grade 1: 1.2a,b,c  Grade 2: 2.2d  Grade 3: 3.3.b,c,d  Grade 4: 4.3.a,b  Grade 6: 6.5.a,b,c,d,e  Grade 7: 7.3a

Educator Resources:
Journey to the South Pacific Education Guide - all ages
Coral Triangle Map
Sea Turtle Information
Whale Shark Information

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West 

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With stunning aerial cinematography and meticulous recreations, Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West dramatizes the legendary early 19th-century expedition that crossed the uncharted North American West. Join a mission that tested their courage; an expedition that challenged their resolve; and a journey that shaped a nation.

Travel back 200 years in Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West to experience this monumental quest- to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean and describe for science the wonders of the West. Along with Meriwether Lewis & William Clark embark on the adventure, danger and beauty of the unmapped West.

California Content Standards: Grade 3: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3; Grade 5: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.8, 5.8.3;Grade 8: 8.6.1, 8.8, 8.8.2, 8.12.1, 8.12.2

Educator Resources:
Lewis & Clark Education Guide - all ages

Mysteries of the Unseen World

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Journey into the microscopic world once reserved only for scientists to see a whole new universe. Thanks to the film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, audiences will see things not visible to the naked eye. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, the setting and story are pure entertainment, but the science is breathtakingly real.

California Content Standards: Grade 3: Physical Sciences 1.a, 1.d, 2.d; Grade 5 Physical Sciences 1.b, 1.e; High School Physical Sciences 4.a, 4.e

Rocky Mountain Express 

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Experience the adventure of a lifetime in Rocky Mountain Express, the new film that propels audiences on an exhilarating journey deep into the Rockies along steep cliff edges, spiraling tunnels and through the most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth. Learn about the heroic human drama and epic engineering involved in shaping a nearly impossible transcontinental railway link.


Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun 

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A white-knuckle adventure that puts you in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. Exploring the science and psychology behind our need for thrill seeking, the film traces the history of thrill rides, beginning with early roller coasters. It shows how the development of the motion simulator ride, first designed for the aerospace industry, has become one of the most exciting innovations in recent film history.

California Content Standards: Grade 2: 1.0, 1b, 1d; Grade 3: 1c; Grade 4: 1.0; Grade 6: 3a, 3c; Grade 7: 5a, 5b, 5c; Grade 8: 1.0, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2.0, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g: Grades 9-12: Physics 1.0, 1a, 1b, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g, 2.0, 2c, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2h

Educator Resources:
Education Guide - all ages

To the Arctic   

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Venture across floating ice with a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they struggle to survive. Discover the extraordinary underwater world of the Arctic sea with beluga whales, Greenland sharks and walruses. Fly above a thundering herd of caribou making their way to their calving ground.

A visually breathtaking story of life in the Arctic and the rapid changes occurring there.

California Content Standards: Kindergarten: 1:a-c ,2, 3b   Grade 1: 2a-c   Grade 2: 2a-d   Grade 3: 3a-e  Grade 4: 2a-b, 3a-b, 5a-c  Grade 5: 3a-d  Grades 9-12: 8b-c 

Educator Resources:
Education Guide - Grades 3-5

Under the Sea 

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Actor Jim Carrey is the narrator/tour guide for a stunning journey into the world's most beautiful and remote coral reefs. Be transported to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region, and experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the impact that global climate change has had on ocean wilderness.

California Content Standards: Grade 2: 2.0; Grade 3: 3.0, Grade 4: 3.0, 3a, 3b, 3d;Grade 5: 3.0, 3a, 3b;Grade 6: 2c, 2d, 5.0, 5a; Grade 7: 3e; Grades 9-12: Ecology 6a, 6e, 6f, Earth Sciences 5.0, 5d

Educator Resources:
Education Guide - Grades_3-5
Education Guide - Grades_6-8