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 amEarthflight 3D
  • 11:00 amPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • noonTiny Giants 3D
  • 2:00 pmPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • 3:00 pmTiny Giants 3D
  • 4:00 pmGreat White Shark 3D
  • 10:00 amEarthflight 3D
  • 11:00 amPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • noonTiny Giants 3D
  • 1:00 pmGreat White Shark 3D
  • 2:00 pmPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • 3:00 pmTiny Giants 3D
  • 4:00pmGreat White Shark 3D
  • 1:00 pmEarthflight 3D
  • 2:00 pmPrehistoric Planet 3D
  • 3:00 pmTiny Giants 3D
  • 4:00 pmGreat White Shark 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

Note: Event days may cause movie schedule to change. Please call the Box Office for the latest schedule at 919.707.9950.

Earthflight 3D movie poster

Earthflight 3D

“Earthflight” is a totally immersive experience, taking the audience on an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds. Revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras deliver the reality of flying right alongside birds as we join a variety of different species on their seasonal journeys.

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Earthflight 3D: trailer

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.

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Great White Shark 3D: website
Great White Shark 3D: Trailer

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

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.

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Tiny Giants 3D: website
Tiny Giants 3D: Educator Guide

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

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.

Shown by special request only.

Dinosaurs Alive! Trailer
Dinosaurs Alive! Educator Guide

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.

Shown by special request only.

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.

Shown by special request only.

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

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