Now Showing in the WRAL 3D Theater

Tickets: $5 Adults; $4 Seniors, Students, & Military; $3 Children (3-12); $2 Members.

All of our films are about thirty minutes in length, and appropriate for most ages.

  • 10:00 amMuseum Alive 3D
  • 11:00 amConquest of the Skies 3D
  • noonPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • 2:00 pmMuseum Alive 3D
  • 3:00 pmConquest of the Skies 3D
  • 4:00 pmPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • 1:00 pmConquest of the Skies 3D
  • 2:00 pmMuseum Alive 3D
  • 3:00 pmConquest of the Skies 3D
  • 4:00 pmPrehistoric Planet 3D

Special 3D Movie Showings

1:00 pm — This weekday timeslot (Monday–Friday) is available by special request only. Any movies on this page are available. 25 ticket minimum. Arrangements must be made two weeks in advance by calling the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.

NC Essential Science Standards for 3D Movies

Conquest of the Skies 3D - movie poster

Conquest of the Skies 3D

The ability to fly has long sparked human curiosity, and envy! In Conquest of the Skies 3D, travel through time and around the world to unravel the 300-million-year story of how animal aviators have evolved into the 100 billion creatures flying through the air today. Explore nature’s ingenuity as you soar from a falcon’s point of view, see hummingbirds flutter in slow motion, accompany bats in the hunt, meet lizards that glide with the greatest of ease, and find out how clumsy beetles got their wings. Filmed on location in the United Kingdom, Borneo, Spain, Italy, and Ecuador. 40 minutes.

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Museum Alive 3D - movie poster

Museum Alive 3D

In this stunning new project David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the world-famous Natural History Museum in London, revealing it as it’s never been seen before, in a compelling tale of discovery, adventure and magic. As the doors are locked and night falls, Attenborough meets the extinct creatures that fascinate him the most, as they magically come alive in front of his eyes; dinosaurs, ice age beasts and giant reptiles. This is a special collaboration of experts and curators from the Natural History Museum with 3D and ground-breaking CGI technology. 40 minutes.

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Prehistoric Planet 3D Movie

Prehistoric Planet 3D

PG: Parental Guidance suggested for children 5 and under

On a thrilling ride, we spin back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska in the Cretaceous Period, 70 million years ago – the last great flourish of the dinosaur era. BBC Earth invites you to come on a journey through the seasons, and experience a year in the life of dinosaurs fighting, feeding, migrating, playing and hunting.

With the most ambitious CGI visuals, this film reveals the story behind the lives of the dinosaurs and the challenges they faced in a constant battle of survival.

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Prehistoric Planet 3D: website

Dinosaurs Alive 3D Movie

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D

See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous in a ‘life-sized’ 3D presentation. Realistic and scientifically-accurate computer generated animation brings dinosaurs back to life! 20 minutes.

Shown by special request only.

Dinosaurs Alive! Trailer

Dinosaurs Alive! Educator Guide

Tiny Giants 3D movie poster

Tiny Giants 3D

A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can our heroes not only stay alive, but also become masters of their universe. Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive.

Shown by special request only.

Tiny Giants 3D: website

Tiny Giants 3D: Educator Guide

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D movie poster

Flight of the Butterflies 3D

“Flight of the Butterflies 3D” immerses you in an astounding migration experience. Over spring and summer, two generations of monarch butterflies migrate north into Canada. In the fall, a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada, across the U.S., to overwintering sanctuaries on a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico. 24-minute version & 44-minute version.

Shown by special request only.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D: website & trailer

Flight of the Butterflies 3D: Educator Resources

Antarctica On the Edge 3D

Antarctica: On the Edge 3D

Antarctica lives in our dreams as the most remote, most forbidding continent on Earth. Yet it is also a fragile place, home to an incredible variety of marine life along its edges — several species of penguins; tens of thousands of seals, humpback, Minke and killer whales; and dozens of different seabirds including giant, soaring albatrosses.

In “Antarctica: On the Edge,” you will travel to the southernmost continent by sailboat and then along the 900-mile-long Peninsula by sea kayak, foot, small plane and dive gear. You will see this one-of-a-kind place and gain a unique perspective on our planet’s most remote land of sea and ice, and the incredible wildlife that call it home.

Shown by special request only.

Antarctica: On the Edge 3D: Website

Antarctica: On the Edge 3D: Trailer

Titans of the Ice Age 3D Movie

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

“Titans of the Ice Age” transports viewers to the ancient icy landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia, investigating the causes and results of the ice age as we attempt to understand the Earth’s past and better prepare for its future.

Shown by special request only.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D: Trailer

Journey to Space 3D Movie

Journey to Space 3D

In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop … Mars! Narrated by Patrick Stewart

Shown by special request only.

Journey to Space 3D: Trailer

Journey to Space 3D: Educator Resources

Great White Shark 3D Movie

Great White Shark 3D

“Great White Shark 3D” unravels the mystery of the creature we love to fear—the much maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood great white shark — and goes to the depths of human daring to tell the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain.

Three years in the making, “Great White Shark 3D” takes viewers around the world to great white hotspots in Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and California. The film examines what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white.

Shown by special request only.

Great White Shark 3D: website

Great White Shark 3D: Trailer

The Last Reef 3D Movie

The Last Reef 3D

Exotic coral reefs, vibrant sea walls in the sub-arctic pulsating with anemones and crustaceans: these biodiversity hot spots are as vital to our lives as the rainforests. Groundbreaking macro 3D cinematography explores these cities beneath the sea.

Shown by special request only.

The Last Reef 3D: website

The Last Reef 3D: Trailer

Bugs 3D movie poster

Bugs 3D

Bugs! is a live-action nature drama filmed in awe inspiring, totally immersive 3D. Shot on location in Borneo and in a purpose-built studio in Oxford, England, Bugs! explores the dramatic and savage lives of an Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly. This 25-minute feature combines incredible footage with cutting-edge technology to deliver a fantastically entertaining and enlightening experience about the little guys in life. Narrated by Dame Judy Dench.

Shown by special request only.

Bugs 3D: Trailer


Tornado Alley 3D

Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado.  Filmmaker Sean Casey’s personal quest to capture the birth of a tornado with a 70mm camera takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm.

Shown by special request only.

Tornado Alley 3D: Trailer

Tornado Alley 3D: Educator Resources