Explorers Theater


3D theater experience

This permanent, high-definition theater allows visitors to transcend the museum experience into the world of undersea exploration. With this theater, visitors will be able to: Watch a short film on how maritime exploration has shaped mankind’s history; Interact with live feeds from exploration vessels around the globe; Experience thrilling 3D films and other feature films covering a wide range of maritime topics.


Dolby digital

The Explorers Theater will be closed on November 21, 2017 for maintenance and on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Prices include movie admission and use of 3D glasses. Glasses must be returned after the movie.

$6Non-Members (Adult or Child)
$5Museum Members (Adult or Child)
$2Child 3 and Under

Tickets to Explorers Theater are in addition to the price of Museum admission.


Sea Monsters 3D

Sea Monsters 3D:
A Prehistoric Adventure

Now Playing


9:30AM · 11:30AM · 12:30PM · 2:30PM · 3:30PM

Rating: G
Runtime: 40 minutes

When strange bones are discovered in a muddy Kansas river bank, paleontologists set out to investigate a mystery buried in time. National Geographic’s new 3D film Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure brings to life the extraordinary marine reptiles of the dinosaur age. Eighty million years ago, much of the globe was submerged underwater where these cold-blooded sea reptiles flourished. As the oceans dried up, skeletons of those reptiles were the only remains left. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, or “Dollies,” on their journey through these ancient waters, and witness giant marine reptiles, like saber-tooth fish, prehistoric sharks, giant squids, and other lizard-like reptiles as large as whales. This astonishing journey educates the audience on paleontology, interwoven with live-action recreations of real-life fossil digs.

Preview Sea Monsters 3D below:

Journey to the South Pacific 3D

The Last Reef 3D:
Cities Beneath The Sea

Now Playing


10:30AM · 1:30PM · 4:30PM

Rating: G
Runtime: 40 minutes

Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see. We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world. Yet there are many kinds of reef, each of them a living city beneath the sea, where plants and animals congregate in mutual benefit. They have a parallel existence to ours—distant, yet undoubtedly connected. Each reef is a hotspot of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rainforests. Reefs have been molding and shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years. Yet in our lifetime, they have come under threat: human activity is altering the chemistry of the oceans. As the sea becomes more acidic, coral, shell, and bone begin to crumble. Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico, and The Bahamas, The Last Reef takes us on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean’s complex, parallel worlds. New underwater 3D technology takes us into the heart of the reef, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than you ever imagined… What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?

Preview The Last Reef 3D below:


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