Families can watch IMAX documentaries at home

The Montreal Science Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary by streaming four free films for families and three for a small fee

Families looking for some new movies to watch with the kids can enjoy IMAX documentaries from the comfort of your own home, thanks to the Montreal Science Centre. There are four free ones available and three that come with a fee.

On May 1, the Montreal Science Centre in the Old Port celebrated its 20th anniversary. But since it is closed to the public temporarily, it wanted to thank its more than 13 million visitors over the last 20 years by making four of its past documentaries available to everyone online, for free.

“We miss our visitors, so, we wanted to thank them by having them enjoy some movies at home,” says Cybèle Robichaud, the director of programming at the Montreal Science Centre.

The four documentaries available are:

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is a documentary that looks at how researchers are trying to put together clues about mummies and how they lived in ancient times.

America’s Musical Journey is a 2018 documentary that follows the origins of American music, from Chicago to New York to Nashville, and how these cities shaped the American musical landscape.

Wild Ocean is a 2008 documentary that investigates the decrease of fish populations along the South African coast.

Dinosaurs Alive! is a 2007 computer-animated documentary that follows paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History as they study dinosaurs through the Cretaceous period and how their descendents may still be living among us even today.

All four movies are available on the Science Centre’s website, and can be watched on all devices. Robichaud says the streaming of the documentaries has been widely successful. Because of their success, the Science Centre has now added three new movies to its streaming platforms to view for a small fee.

Humpback Whales is a documentary that follows how these whales take care of their young. You can either rent this movie for 48 hours at $6.55 or buy it at $18.35.

National Parks Adventure is a short documentary where viewers can embark on an off-trail adventure into the beauty of several of America’s national parks,  including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Robert Redford, the films follows three explorers as they travel through the rock canyons and mountain peaks of each of these national parks. You can rent this movie for 48 hours at $2.49 or buy it for $6.24.

Jerusalem is a documentary that tells the story of three young women from Jerusalem, each from different faiths, Judaism, Islam and Christianity who describe what Jerusalem means to them. The film allows its audience to discover how the land has become so sacred to these three major religions. You can rent this movie for 48 hours only for $2.99.

The Science Centre has also added a Games and Experiments section to its website, where students can sample easy, do-it-yourself science experiments at home. A short tutorial is posted for each experiment. For example, there are many experiments on fun ways to make bubbles. The videos are in French with English subtitles.

To watch the documentaries, click here and for more information on the Science Centre or to try the experiments, click here.