Educational Films

It’s like visiting a six-story classroom when you enter the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater.

In this premiere theater environment (one of only a handful of 4K digital Giant Screens in the country!) your students can experience beyond life-size and incredible close-up views of the ocean, space, amazing animals and even time-travel right from their seats. Our collection of 2D and 3D movies is sure to inspire discussion, create connections and bring learning to life! Documentary movies run approximately 40-50 minutes.

Additional films may be selected from the Giant Screen Digital Library for groups of 50 or more. Scheduling these films is based on availability of the Theater.

Additional film library offerings may include:
Bugs 3D Meerkats 3D
Dinosaurs Alive 3D Mummies 3D
Dream Big 3D Mysteries of the Unseen World  
Extreme Weather 3D National Parks Adventure 3D
Flight of the Butterflies 3D Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D
Flying Monsters 3D Robots 3D
Galapagos 3D Titans of the Ice Age 3D
Grand Canyon Adventure 3D* The Last Reef 3D
Humpback Whales 3D Tiny Giants 3D
Jerusalem 3D Tornado Alley 3D
Journey to Space 3D Volcanoes 3D
Lewis and Clark Wild Ocean 3D*
Living in the Age of Airplanes Wild Africa 3D

Please note that movie availability is subject to change without advance notice. To book a movie showing for your students at discounted school group rates, please contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email

* Denotes available only until May 31, 2019.

Educator Resource Guide

Learn how your class can visit and experience the Putnam, or how we can bring the Putnam to you!
Click to Download

Discovery Dome

An educational "out-of-this-world" experience! 

Learn more

Copyright © 2019, The Putnam Museum & Science Center, All Rights Reserved