Free Film Fridays Return to Museum of Science, Boston This January

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The Museum of Science, Boston and The Mathworks invite visitors to enjoy free films in the Museum's IMAX® dome theater Fridays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29

The Museum's Mugar Omni features a five-story-tall IMAX® Dome screen.

The Museum’s Omni presentations transport audiences to some of the world's most wondrous places, while also delivering high-quality science content.

This January, The MathWorks and the Museum of Science invite visitors to experience the magic of New England's only IMAX® dome theater--for free! Free Film Fridays are back, and thanks to The MathWorks, museumgoers will enjoy complimentary shows all day January 8, 15, 22, and 29.

With a shared passion for discovery and learning, the Museum of Science and The MathWorks once again welcome the public to enjoy some of the world's most awe-inspiring experiences via the Mugar Omni Theater's five-story-high screen and heart-thumping surround sound system. Free Film Fridays will give visitors the opportunity to escape the New England cold while still exploring a pristine land of ice and snow in "Antarctica," where they'll ride a helicopter through icy crevasses, swim through a crystalline cavern submerged within a glacier, and join penguins in an underwater dance. Audiences will roam prehistoric land in "Dinosaurs Alive!" and encounter the most realistic dinosaurs seen on the giant screen. Visitors can go on a "Coral Reef Adventure" and explore the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific. They'll sky dive from breathtaking heights and take a 4,500-foot BASE jump off the Fjords of Norway in "Adrenaline Rush" - all from the comfort of the Museum's Mugar Omni Theater.

"The Museum's Omni presentations transport audiences to some of the world's most wondrous places, while also delivering high-quality science content. Where else can visitors follow ocean explorers on an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef, or join scientists on a journey to the most remote place on Earth--all without leaving New England?" said Paul Fontaine, Museum vice president of education. "We're grateful for the support from The MathWorks, which enables the Museum to offer these incredible experiences to our visitors free of charge," he added.

A Museum supporter since 1991, The MathWorks is a generous sponsor of giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. Through its partnership with the Museum and sponsorship of programs like Free Film Fridays, The MathWorks is helping to bring exciting educational experiences to all members of the community.

The Museum will show "Antarctica," "Adrenaline Rush," "Coral Reef Adventure," "Dinosaurs Alive!," and "The Greatest Places" during Free Film Fridays. Visitors can pick up free tickets at the Museum box office on the day of the show only, first come, first served. Limit two shows per guest. For more information, the public can call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY) or visit the Museum's web site at mos.org.

Museum of Science press contacts:
Sofiya Cabalquinto: 617/589-0251
Lauren Crowne: 617/589-0250

The MathWorks press contact:
Dave Smith: 508/647-7427

About the Museum of Science:
The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. The Museum is the first science and technology center to be approved as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country's "Ten Best Science Centers." For more information visit http://www.mos.org.

About The MathWorks:
The MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, The MathWorks employs more than 2,000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit http://www.mathworks.com.

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