Earlier this year my husband and I purchased annual memberships at the Clark Planetarium. It’s $49 for a duo membership ($99 for a family of five), and includes free admission to all shows in both the Dome and IMAX theaters, 15% off at the concession stand and gift shop, special members-only events, and discounts at other ASTC science centers which are more than 90 miles away.
The price is the same cost as going to three IMAX shows each, so if you’re planning on going to one anyway, it’s a good deal to buy the membership and be able to see all the shows you want for a year.
I didn’t know (or forgot) about the discount at other ASTC museums, or I could have gotten a discount at the South Florida museum last month.
On Thursday, we went to see the new 3D show “Under the Sea 3D”, narrated by Jim Carrey. My husband had already seen it once, since he went to a members-only preview while I was cruising with Norma. But he was happy to see it again.
I’d have to say that it’s one of the best 3D shows I’ve ever seen. The photography is amazing! Even though I scuba dive, this is unlike anything you’d ever see while diving. Not only do you get to see creatures and behavior you wouldn’t normally see, you see it in extreme close-up, and in incredibly realistic 3D. And because of the lighting for the cameras, you see the true and unbelievably vivid colors of the fish and coral, instead of seeing them through a haze of blue.
The movie does make some references to global warming and the effect on the sea which I felt detracted a bit from the experience. I think if they wanted to talk about global warming, it would have been better to have either had some text about it at the beginning of the ending credits, or at the very least, finished the actual film and then had someone talk about it. It’s not that I don’t think it’s an important issue, but the way they did it just seemed jarring, and kind of ruined the mood a bit. It felt a bit like Jekyll and Hyde.
But still, I thought it was a wonderful experience and I’ll definitely go see it again. Maybe a few times.