National Geographic presents Earth Explorers Coming to the Witte Museum

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August 17, 2016
Take an action-packed adventure to the wildest places on Earth at the Witte Museum. Dive into oceans. Soar over savannas. Plunge into polar regions. Trek through rainforests. Climb mountains and caves. Explore six interactive environments designed to inspire you to learn more about the planet. Experience the trip of a lifetime without ever leaving Texas, starting September 24, 2016 through January 22, 2017, in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery.

“Earth Explorers was the perfect choice for the Witte Museum right before the opening of the New Witte,” says Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum. “This exhibition underscores what is synonymous with the Witte, where visitors of all ages take immersive adventures, explore, discover and expand their minds.”   
Start your adventure in Earth Explorers at a Base Camp where you can climb aboard a Jeep that scientists use in the field. Journey to the ocean in a deep-sea submersible and learn about great white sharks and their hunting habits in the Oceans area. Climb mountains and descend into a crystal cave to learn about the animals that make their homes in these environments. Visit an arctic cabin and find out how scientists survive harsh conditions while studying polar bears and other wildlife in the Polar Region. In the Rain Forest habitat, visitors will enter an outdoor lab to see how scientists study diverse ecosystems in such a complex environment. Soar high in a simulated balloon ride above the African Savannah and discover how ecologists use aerial surveys to study and document animal migrations.
Earth Explorers features an exciting interactive digital experience that utilizes augmented reality (AR) to bring animals to life inside the exhibition. San Antonio-based virtual reality development firm, Geomedia, developed the technology for this nationally-touring exhibit. Use your iPhone or iPad for an unforgettable experience in each of the geographic regions in the exhibition.
 “This technology gives you a chance to see elephants up-close and to experience how insects behave when they’re on the move,” said Murray Breit Geomedia Founding Partner.  “Geomedia was privileged to with GES and National Geographic to create the integrated Earth Explorers Augmented Reality (AR) app. The app is an immersive experience that allows you explore worlds you may never get the chance to see otherwise.”
The Witte will offer public programs throughout the run of Earth Explorers. The Museum is proud to present a National Geographic presents Earth Explorers STEAM Saturday Family Day on Saturday, November 12, from Noon-4 p.m., as well as an adventure for guests 21 and over at Cocktails and Culture: Earth Explorers on Wednesday, September 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Special Mini Explorer Birthday Party packages are also available. For more information about Witte Museum programs, call 210.357.1910 or visit        
National Geographic presents Earth Explorers is generously supported by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development.
Family Days are generously supported by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development. 
About the Witte Museum
Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park and is San Antonio’s premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibition, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. 
Katye Brought, Communications Manager
(210) 357-1876