Earthflight at the American Museum of Natural History 

  Last modified on November 27th, 2019

Earthflight is an immersive 3D film that offers viewers the chance to feel what it’s like to fly. This thrilling film follows migratory birds on their seasonal journeys as they make their way across the world. Read on to learn more about what you will experience at the AMNH’s latest exhibit. You’re bound to discover a newfound appreciation towards the creations of nature and the wonder of flight!

Earthflight is a masterpiece in the art of filmmaking. It took the production team four years to complete the project. The film encompasses 11 countries located across four continents. The filmmakers wanted to capture the vast distances birds travel when following their migratory routes. Their goal was to make viewers feel like they were riding on top of one of the bird’s wings. To make them feel like they were also flying and soaring right along with them.

The team accomplished this feat with the help of state-of-of-the-art 3D cameras and the latest aerial technologies. These cameras were placed on paragliders and octocopters so that they could fly next to the birds. They also tweaked the camera’s precision so that they would not shift due to the strong wings and G-forces occurring at higher altitudes. These advanced cameras were also able to capture striking views from above. Some of them also include stunning images from places that have never been reached before.

You’ll learn about different types of birds as they make their corresponding journeys across several lands and oceans. Some birds tend to flock in large groups while other birds cooperate with mammals in order to catch food. You’ll also get to see wonderful scenery from some of the world’s most iconic landmarks through a bird’s vantage point of view.

The film is narrated by Cate Blanchett. She’s an accomplished Academy Award winning actress who won a golden statue in 2013 for her role in “Blue Jasmine.” Her voice will guide you through a one-of-a-kind trip around the world.

This temporary exhibit opens on September 15, 2017, and ends on March 8, 2018. The screenings take place at the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater on the museum’s first floor.

You can opt to watch it in 2D or 3D. The 2D films are programmed daily at 11.30am and 4.30pm. The 3D films are also screened on a daily basis at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm.

General admission is $27, $22 for students and seniors, $16 for children ages 2 through 12, and free entrance for children under 2. Get your tickets here!

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s largest museums. It houses 45 permanent exhibits, 28 buildings, a state-of-art planetarium, a library, and also many research facilities. The museum was founded in 1869. It’s best known for being featured in the hit 2006 film “Night at the Museum” starring Ben Stiller. The museum is also home to millions of plants, animals, fossils, meteorites, cultural artifacts, and many other items. More than five million visitors explore its vast halls every year. To learn more about the festival’s ticket prices and festival passes, click here.

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