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Take a 'Journey to the South Pacific' in an IMAX theater
Documentary showing at Fernbank Museum
“Journey to the South Pacific” takes audience members to the tropical islands of remote West Papua. It is showing on the IMAX theater at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta.

Audiences will be taken on a tropical getaway to one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, when the new IMAX film “Journey to the South Pacific” hits Fernbank Museum’s IMAX screen.

Narrated by Cate Blanchett, “Journey to the South Pacific” leads moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea.

Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes viewers on a journey of discovery that includes encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, “Journey to the South Pacific” highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

“‘Journey to the South Pacific’ gets audiences as close as possible to the extraordinary wildlife of West Papua without actually being there,” said director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films.

“The film’s incredible underwater exploration of the beauty and life found in the depths of the South Pacific is a perfect pairing with the museum’s special exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep, which is filled with a variety of exhibit interactives offering an immersive experience — from climbing through a life-sized whale heart to standing alongside a 58-foot long whale skeleton,” Fernbank’s environmental programs manager Becky Facer said. “‘Journey to the South Pacific’ not only shows these majestic creatures in action on the big screen, it also highlights how the world above the water impacts life under the sea.”

“The film is a celebration of a unique island culture that has developed a special relationship with its ocean environment,” Blanchett says in the film. “The photography is spectacular. It’s as if we are swimming right alongside the manta rays and all the other creatures of the reefs.”

“Journey to the South Pacific” shows daily at Fernbank’s IMAX until June 5. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and younger, $8 for museum members, and free for toddlers ages 2 and younger. Add a museum ticket, which includes admission to Whales: Giants of the Deep (opens Feb. 15), as part of a Value Pass for extra savings. Value Pass tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for students/seniors, $22 for children, $8 for Museum members, and free for toddlers ages 2 and younger.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the 5-story-tall Rankin M. Smith Sr. IMAX Theatre are at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at and 404-929-6300.