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Please note: On Saturday, November 22, the Museum will close at 4PM. The final entry into the Museum and “The Discovery of King Tut” will be 3PM and the final film of the day will be “Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs” at 3:30PM.

Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater

Welcome to The Downing 3D Experience, the largest Dolby® 3D theater for a museum in California! Visitors to the San Diego Natural History Museum will be dazzled by the latest in digital 3D technology that delivers a premium viewing experience from anywhere in the 300-seat, stadium-style theater.

All film times subject to change daily. Assistive Listening Devices for films and lectures in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater are available at the Visitor Services Desk.

Giant-screen theater included with paid admission. The 3D theater is included with Passports to Balboa Park, Go San Diego Cards and for members of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tickets are available at the Visitor Services Desks at the Museum.

The Downing 3D Experience in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, the Downing Family Foundation, the Eleanor and Jerry Navarra Family, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

Theater Schedule

11 AM
Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs
25 minutes

12 PM
Ocean Oasis 2D
40 minutes

1 PM
Great White Shark 3D
25 minutes

1:45 PM
Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs
25 minutes

2:30 PM
Ocean Oasis 2D
40 minutes

3:30 PM
Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs
25 minutes

Movie Trailers

Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Watch trailer for Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the fascinating world of the pharaohs as told through the mummies of the past. Narrated by actor Christopher Lee and featuring top researchers, this 3D film unlocks some of the mysteries enshrouding the ancient royal mummies—how they were embalmed and where they were hidden—and recreates the dramatic story of their recovery. The film coincides with the special exhibition The Discovery of King Tut and follows explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is produced by Giant Screen Films and Gravity Pictures, in association with The Franklin Institute and the Museum of Science, Boston.

  • From September 2, 2014 To April 25, 2015

Great White Shark 3D

Watch trailer for Great White Shark 3D

Great White Shark unravels the mystery of the creature we love to fear—the much maligned, misrepresented and misunderstood great white shark—and goes to the depths of human daring to tell the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers around the world to get an up-close and personal look at this iconic predator. Great White Shark examines what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white. 

  • From March 1, 2014 To December 31, 2014

Ocean Oasis

Watch trailer for Ocean Oasis

Take a fascinating journey into two remarkably different, but inextricably linked worlds—Mexico’s Sea of Cortés and the Baja California desert. Ocean Oasis , a giant-screen film, mesmerizes audiences as they witness the beauty of life in Baja California's rich waters and seemingly barren land. Note: Ocean Oasis is a 2D film.Produced by the San Diego Natural History Museum, Summerhays Films, and PRONATURA A.C., with sponsorship from Sempra Energy. Winner of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the International Wildscreen Film Festival.

  • From January 1, 2005 To December 31, 2020