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Ancient Caves

Explore some of the world’s most remote and beautiful caves with Ancient Caves, a new film designed for the IMAX® Dome screen. Science and adventure mix as the film shows scientists looking to better understand Earth’s climate history by studying ancient cave formations in the world’s most hidden realms.

Meet paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate in the most unlikely of places: caves. Until recently, scientists had no reliable way to accurately study the climate of Earth’s distant past. Moseley and her team of cave explorers travel the world exploring vast underground worlds in search of stalagmite samples — geologic “fingerprints”— that reveal clues about the planet’s climate history. Their quest leads them to some of the world’s most remote caves, both above and below the water, in France, Iceland, the Bahamas, the United States, and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where they study how rapidly Earth’s climate can change, and how it has affected human civilization. Together, they go where very few humans will ever go, revealing the incredible lengths scientists will go to study the unknown.

Ancient Caves is directed by Emmy Award®-winning underwater cinematographer and New England native Jonathan Bird, and is narrated by Emmy Award®-winning actor Bryan Cranston.

Ancient Caves is an Oceanic Research Group Films production produced with support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium and presented by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

“These deep underwater caves are other-worldly, like something straight out of sci-fi film, and viewers can expect to see things they’ve never seen before. The film has something for everyone, whether its adventure, science or just pure beauty.” – Jonathan Bird, Ancient Caves director

About Oceanic Research Group

Oceanic Research Group, Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the conservation of the oceans through education. It primarily produces educational content aimed at students and teachers. Founded in 1990 with a series of marine science films specifically for use in the classroom, the company has expanded into teacher education, scholarships and the Emmy Award®-winning marine science program Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, which began on public television and transitioned to YouTube in 2012. Ancient Caves is Bird’s first film for exhibition in IMAX®and giant screen theaters. www.oceanicresearch.org www.blueworldTV.com

About Giant Dome Theater Consortium

The Giant Dome Theater Consortium is an alliance of seven US science museums all operating giant dome theaters like the IMAX Laser Dome Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The consortium supports the production of educational films for exhibition in IMAX® and giant screen theaters. Its members are the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Cincinnati Museum Center, Museum of Science, Boston, the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, Discovery Place in Charlotte, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The consortium has participated in the production of six giant screen films including National Parks Adventure released in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 45 films for IMAX® and giant screen theaters to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one-billion-dollar benchmark for worldwide ticket sales. www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com

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Approximately 50 minutes


Recommended for: Grades 5 – 12 and adults


  • Descriptive Audio Device available at Information Desk
  • Closed Captioning Device Available from theater staff
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistive Listening Devices Available At Information Desk