Last week, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science announced a five-year exclusive partnership with National Geographic that includes special access to National Geographic’s extensive film library, movie premieres and a speaker series.
The museum’s state-of-the art 3D theater will now be called “The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience.” It’s the only museum in Texas and one of just a handful in the nation with this partnership.
“Not only will this partnership allow us to bring our films to Dallas, but the Perot Museum’s support will assist in our ongoing efforts to create engaging films for audiences here and around the world,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures, at the museum’s announcement of the partnership on May 23.
What will this mean for museum visitors? A lot of quality programming.
The museum will be the exclusive local host of the Nat Geo Live speakers series, where some of the biggest names in science will share their discoveries and adventures. Speakers on the current circuit include award-winning photographers such as National Geogrphic’s Steve Winter; acclaimed explorers such as veteran climbers Mike Libecki and Cory Richards; and filmmakers such as Pete McBride (Chasing Water).
In coming years, National Geographic photographers will be invited to share their images and lead photography workshops at the museum for children and adults.
Plus, the museum will get access to National Geographic’s entire inventory of long and short 2D and 3D films and will be able to host local premieres and runs of all new National Geographic releases.
Museum visitors can already get a taste of what Nat Geo has to offer with the inclusion of Pandas: The Journey Home 3D to the theaters’ summer film line-up.
Here are my mini-reviews of the films:
Pandas: The Journey Home
Flight of the Butterflies 3D
Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia