Venture Into the World's Most Diverse Ecosystem in Journey to the South Pacific

January 15, 2014

Opens January 17 at the Museum of Science Mugar Omni Theater

BOSTON – Visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will be taken on an epic IMAX adventure through the tropical islands of West Papua and experience one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, when the IMAX documentary Journey to the South Pacific comes to the Mugar Omni Theater on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Journey to the South Pacific will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

“We are excited to introduce our visitors to the fascinating world of the South Pacific and the tropical islands of remote West Papua,” said Paul Fontaine, Museum of Science vice president of education. “Journey to the South Pacific is the uplifting story of Jawi, a young island boy, the unique culture of his home island, and the importance of living in balance with the ocean and its inhabitants.”

An IMAX Entertainment and MacGillivray Freeman Films presentation, Journey to the South Pacific is directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and Stephen Judson (Everest, The Alps) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure) and Mark Krenzien (Adventures in Wild California, Arabia). Filmed with IMAX 15perf / 65mm film cameras, Journey to the South Pacific is written by Stephen Judson (Everest, To the Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood, and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett.

Journey to the South Pacific, transports audiences to the heart of the South Pacific on an adventure that gets audiences as close as possible to the extraordinary wildlife of West Papua without actually being there,” said director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and Chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films.

The Mugar Omni Theater is New England's only IMAX® Dome theater, and continues to provide visitors with some of the world's most awe-inspiring experiences via its five-story-high screen and heart-thumping surround sound system. The Omni Theater has welcomed more than 17.5 million visitors, transporting them to some of the world's most wondrous places.

Journey to the South Pacific is sponsored by MathWorks. Admission to the Mugar Omni Theater is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (60 +) and $8 for children (3-11).For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY) or visit the Museum's web site at mos.org.

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. On November 16, the Museum opens the Hall of Human Life, a groundbreaking 10,000-square-foot exhibition drawing from the latest discoveries in the life sciences to engage visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden.. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s's engineering curricula have reached over 55,600 teachers and 4.2 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science and "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" for Best Sky Show; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. The Museum's Undiscovered Worlds was recognized as the “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit http://www.mos.org. Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at www.facebook.com/museumofscience.

Press Contacts

AJ Gosselin: 617.589.0251 or agosselin@mos.org
Erin Shannon: 617-589-0250 or eshannon@mos.org

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