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Museum of Science and MathWorks Present Free Film Fridays at Museum's Mugar Omni Theater

February 26, 2013

BOSTON—This March, MathWorks and the Museum of Science invite visitors to experience the magic of New England's only IMAX® Dome theater—for free! Free Film Fridays are back, and thanks to the generosity of MathWorks, visitors will enjoy complimentary shows all day March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

The Museum’s Mugar Omni Theater provides visitors with some of the world's most awe-inspiring experiences via its five-story-high screen and heart-thumping surround sound system. With a shared passion for discovery and learning, the Museum of Science and MathWorks once again welcome the public to enjoy Free Film Fridays. In the 2013 film series, visitors will be able to:

  • Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, and visit an alien world in film The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea, where the closer you look, the more you see.
  • Follow two cavers as they search for extreme living organisms in the ice caves of Greenland, the underwater caves of the Yucatán Peninsula, and the earth caves of the Little Grand Canyon in the film Journey Into Amazing Caves.
  • Explore Kenya and Tanzania alongside more than two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelope as they travel over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains in the film Africa: The Serengeti.

"As a partner of the Museum for more than two decades, we share a goal to promote science education beyond the classroom,” said Kevin Lorenc, corporate communications, MathWorks. “The films in this year’s Free Film Fridays series let museum visitors experience the excitement of scientific and engineering discovery, and may inspire some to pursue their own great adventures."

"Thanks to the generosity of MathWorks, we are able to provide visitors with a memorable, educational Omni experience free of charge,” said Paul Fontaine, Museum of Science vice president of education. “Visitors can dive into the waters of Palau, run alongside African animals across the Serengeti, and rappel into some of the world’s most remote caves—all without leaving Boston."

This marks the sixth Free Film Friday series in the past five years sponsored by MathWorks. A Museum supporter since 1991, MathWorks is a generous sponsor of giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. Through its partnership with the Museum and sponsorship of programs like Free Film Fridays, MathWorks is helping to bring exciting educational experiences to all members of the community.

The Museum will show The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea, Journey Into Amazing Caves, and Africa: The Serengeti, during Free Film Fridays. Visitors can pick up free tickets at the Museum box office on the day of the show only, first come, first served. Limit two shows per guest. For more information, the public can call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY) or visit the Museum's web site at Visitors can tweet about their experience using #FreeFilmFri.

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. 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 25,000 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 engineering curricula have reached more than 47,000 teachers and 4 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its 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; is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population; and Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun was recognized as the "Best Immersive—Fulldome Program" by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at

About MathWorks
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 2400 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

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