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For the first time ever, the American Museum of Natural History will show films in 3D digital beginning on Friday, January 10, with Mysteries of the Unseen World—a new giant-screen adventure that transports audiences to hidden dimensions too small, too fast, or too slow for the human eye. Produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Day’s End Pictures, Mysteries of the Unseen World is narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.

“With the addition of 3D digital screenings, the American Museum of Natural History has added one more way for visitors to be fully immersed in the latest large-format films about science and nature,” said Brad Harris, senior director of Visitor Services.

Mysteries of the Unseen World offers a particularly exciting experience in 3D. Each day, trailblazing researchers are pushing the envelope with new technologies to peer with increasing clarity into these once-invisible realms. This critical research is taking place all over the world—including at the American Museum of Natural History, where scientists use an array of advanced imaging technologies to examine and analyze specimens and phenomena at levels of detail previously unimaginable (examples of this work are currently on view in the Museum exhibition, Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies). Mysteries of the Unseen World (running time 40-minutes) allows viewers to see things not visible to the naked eye, thanks to the film’s innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology. The film will screen in 2D film and 3D digital at the Museum through June 2014.

Audiences will share experiences once reserved for scientists and see a whole new universe of wondrous nature, daily events that escape the naked eye, even secrets crucial to our survival. The discoveries portrayed in the film are culled from those happening in today’s laboratories, where existing and emerging technologies are yielding exciting new images of long-unseen worlds.

Mysteries of the Unseen World uses time-lapse images and high-speed cameras to reveal spectacles of life that happen too slowly or too quickly for human perception—from cymbals flexing to a rattlesnake strike. The film also allows visitors to view the world as though they had x-ray vision, or infrared vision like mosquitos, and peer into a world of wonders too small for the human eye to see—from the minute structures on a butterfly’s wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body down to items on the nanoscale.

** Mysteries of the Unseen World will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30pm, and 3:30 pm. Times are subject to change.