Press Release

Join an Expedition to the Galapagos Islands
in a Spectacular IMAX® Film at Fernbank Museum

The captivating IMAX® film Galapagos will show daily at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta from September 2, 2011 through January 1, 2012, revealing the beauty and intrigue of this diverse region that has inspired scientists for decades, starting with Charles Darwin. The 40-minute film follows a scientist on her astonishing first-time expedition to the Galapagos Islands, making a significant contribution to the appreciation and understanding of these exotic and magnificent islands.

Galapagos trails Dr. Carole Baldwin, a marine biologist from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, to the Galapagos Islands—a group of 19 islands and 42 islets located on the equator 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland—and into the depths of its surrounding waters. The famous volcanic archipelago, first chronicled for scientific purposes 160 years earlier by Darwin, is a living natural science laboratory. 

Galapagos takes viewers on a stunning journey both above and below the surface of the water, where they come face to face with remarkably tame iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortoises on Fernbank’s 5 story-tall IMAX® screen. Viewers will accompany Dr. Baldwin as she rappels into a dark cave, swims through schools of fish and silvery barracudas, dives with hammerhead sharks, and is swarmed by a half-dozen intimidating moray eels. The audience will uncover mysteries from the ocean floor, discover primitive creatures and new species never before seen by humans, and explore caverns thousands of feet beneath the surface.

During the filming of Galapagos, Dr. Baldwin and her colleagues completed much research under the water making 30 dives in the Johnson Sea Link II, a modern research submersible that enabled them to explore to depths of 3,000 feet. Their findings included the discovery of numerous new species of marine fish and echinoderms, including a pencil urchin, a gastropod mollusk, and a sun star, along with a collection of many species of marine life previously not known to inhabit the Galapagos Islands.

This film is shown in conjunction with the exhibition Darwin, opening on September 24, 2011. The exhibition sets a course for adventure as visitors peer into Charles Darwin’s world and join his voyage of discovery. Darwin embarks on a journey to the scientific landscape of the 19th-century as they encounter diverse species from the Galapagos, fascinating fossils, scientific tools, and the incredible discoveries of Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Darwin offers an engaging and enlightening glimpse into the extraordinary life and mind of this renowned scientist, whose curiosity, observations, discoveries and theory of evolution by natural selection over 150 years ago forever changed the perception of many species on Earth, including humans, and is the foundation for modern biological science.

Screenings of Galapagos are held daily in the IMAX® Theatre at Fernbank Museum of Natural History from September 2, 2011 through January 1, 2012. Tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, $11 for children under 12, and $8 for Museum members. Visitors may also include Museum admission, including the special exhibition Darwin, by purchasing a Value Pass, which includes an IMAX® film and Museum admission, for $23 for adults, $21 for students and seniors, and $19 for children. To purchase tickets in advance, call 404.929.6400 or visit fernbankmuseum.org. A service charge may apply. 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.        

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