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.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 10:00 amDinosaurs Alive! 3D
  • 11:00 amBackyard Wilderness 3D
  • noonMighty Micro Monsters 3D
  • 2:00 pmDinosaurs Alive! 3D
  • 3:00 pmBackyard Wilderness 3D
  • 4:00 pmMighty Micro Monsters 3D
Tuesday, Thursday
  • noonMighty Micro Monsters 3D
  • 2:00 pmDinosaurs Alive! 3D
  • 3:00 pmBackyard Wilderness 3D
  • 4:00 pmMighty Micro Monsters 3D


  • 10:00 amMighty Micro Monsters 3D
  • 11:00 amBackyard Wilderness 3D
  • noonDinosaurs Alive! 3D
  • 1:00 pmMighty Micro Monsters 3D
  • 2:00 pmBackyard Wilderness 3D
  • 1:00 pmMighty Micro Monsters 3D
  • 2:00 pmBackyard Wilderness 3D
  • 3:00 pmDinosaurs Alive! 3D
  • 4:00 pmMighty Micro Monsters 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

Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters movie poster

Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters 3D

Animals with superpowers exist, right here on Earth. They are beneath our feet. They include beetles that shoot chemical fire and lift enormous weights; scorpions that glow in the dark with astonishing crushing powers; spiders that can make themselves virtually invisible and hypnotize their prey; even a bug that can transform itself into another creature entirely.

Prepare to be amazed by this 3D adventure exploring the hidden world of the super-powered “bugs.”
20 minutes.

Educator Guide (Grades K-8.)
Note: This guide was developed for the 40-minute version of the movie, and may reference content not in the 20-minute version.

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Backyard Wilderness 3D movie poster

Backyard Wilderness 3D

“Backyard Wilderness” will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses — in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior — all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal their inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy. The film reminds us that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that could transform you forever — you just need to step outside. 20-minute version.

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Backyard Wilderness 3D: trailer
Backyard Wilderness 3D: Educational Resources

Dinosaurs Alive 3D movie: A Gigantic Adventure!

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.

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Dinosaurs Alive! Trailer
Dinosaurs Alive! Educator Guide

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.

Shown by special request only.

Conquest of the Skies 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

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.

Shown by special request only.

Museum Alive Educator Guide

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.

Shown by special request only.

Prehistoric Planet 3D: website

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

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


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