Central Park West at 79th Street
Upper West Side, NY 10024
Description: A new IMAX® film about a miraculous journey of second chances. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, this 40-minute film follows orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one life at a time.
Stunningly captured in IMAX, "Born to be Wild" is a heartwarming adventure that transports moviegoers to the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and across the rugged Kenyan savanna with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate, and return these incredible animals back to the wild.
Directed by David Lickley ("Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees"), the film was written and produced by Drew Fellman ("Under the Sea"), who began germinating the idea 17 years ago while backpacking through Southeast Asia. Fellman heard about a place in Tanjung Putting National Park in central Borneo where Dr. Galdikas had been raising orphaned orangutans and decided to go see the place for himself. More than a decade later, Greg Foster, IMAX president of Filmed Entertainment, showed Fellman a piece from "60 Minutes" about another inspiring woman, Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, and the orphaned wild elephants her foundation raises in Kenya. The story struck a familiar emotional chord, and Fellman instantly knew that the remarkable stories of these two women and the animals to which they have devoted their lives would make an incredible film.
Now showing daily in the LeFrak Theater. To purchase tickets in advance, call 212-769-5200 or visit www.amnh.org (a service charge may apply).
Venue Description: A museum for the 21st century, with a rich and storied past. It is one of the greatest natural history museums in the world, with over 40 exhibition halls. Highlights include the new Rose Center for Earth and Space featuring the most technologically advanced Space Show in the world, the dinosaur halls, the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and the acclaimed Hall of Biodiversity. All visitors to New York, especially those with families, should make sure to see the sights at AMNH during their vacations in NYC.
Hayden Planetarium and Cullman Hall of the Universe Ensconced in the Rose Center for Earth and Space -- a seven-floor, $210-million exhibition, research, and education facility created to explore the journey from the inner workings of the Earth to the outer reaches of the universe -- are the Hayden Planetarium, the namesake of its beloved, circa-1935 predecessor, and the Cullman Hall of the Universe. An awesome, celestial architectural marvel created by architect James S. Polshek -- an instant landmark featuring the largest suspended-glass curtain wall in America and the dramatic centerpiece, the 87-foot Hayden Sphere -- this state-of-the-art showcase explores such astronomical concepts as the size, age, and origins of the universe and the evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets through cutting-edge technology and instantaneous data and images.
Highlights include: the Space Theater, offering dazzling space shows, virtual flights through the universe projected by the world's most advanced star projector by Zeiss; the Big Bang Theater, featuring a multi-sensory recreation of the first moments of the universe; the Scales of the Universe, an illustration of the vast range of size in the cosmos through relative comparison with the Sphere; the AstroBulletin, a large screen displaying up-to-date images, news and breaking events from current NASA missions; and the Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway, a dramatic 360-foot walkway that leads visitors through 13 billion years of cosmic evolution as it descends around the Sphere. Enjoy Starry Nights, jazz performances in a magical setting, the first Fri. of every month.
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