Discovery Nights: Big Screen Adventures From The Comfort of Your Home

Through a partnership with Giant Screen Films, The South Dakota Discovery Center is pleased to offer our members and families in the community a selection of top-selling documentary rentals at significantly reduced prices. Host a Discovery Night right in your home and explore the wonders of our world.

Each title is supported by activity ideas and resources you can use at home. Use the film links below for special SDDC access and pricing.

The South Dakota Discovery Center is open 7 days a week.

Dinosaurs Alive!

43 minutes

Dinosaurs Alive! is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous, “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.

Narrated by Michael Douglas

Rental: US $0.99                    English | Español | Français                     Free Learning Guide

Wild Ocean

45 minutes

Wild Ocean is an award-winning, action-packed adventure exploring the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystem. The film highlights one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, plunging viewers into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide with the most voracious sea predator, mankind.

Narrated by John Kani

Rental: US $0.99                    English | Español | Français                     Free Learning Guide


Wonders of the Arctic

45 minutes

Wonders of the Arctic centers on our ongoing mission to explore and come to terms with the Arctic. Underlying all these tales is the crucial role that ice plays in the northern environment and the changes that are quickly overtaking the people and animal who have adapted to a land of ice and snow.

Narrated by Victor Garber

Rental: US $0.99                    English | Español | Français                     Free Learning Guide


Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

42 minutes

Part historic journey and part forensic adventure, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs follows researchers and explorers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Through ambitious computer graphics and dramatic reconstructions, the film tells the story of one of the greatest finds in modern history: the late 19th century discovery of a cache of forty mummies, including twelve Kings of Egypt, among them the legendary Rameses the Great.

Narrated by Christopher Lee

Rental: US $0.99                    English | Español | Français                     Free Learning Guide


The Last Reef

43 minutes

Exotic coral reefs, vibrant sea walls in the sub-arctic pulsating with anemones and crustaceans: these biodiversity hot spots are as vital to our lives as the rainforests. Groundbreaking macro cinematography explores these cities beneath the sea.

Narrated by Jamie Lee

Rental: US $0.99                    English | Español | Français                     Free Learning Guide


Waking the T.Rex

26 minutes

Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE traces the life of one of the most fearsome predators of the Cretaceous. Join scientists as they decipher fossil clues to piece together the lifelong struggles, from nest to death, of this famous Tyrannosaurus rex. Witness SUE’s life events unfold, including an epic battle with a Triceratops, in a world where the only rule is eat or be eaten.

Narrated by Joan Allen

Rental: US $0.99                         English                                               Free Learning Guide


Mysteries of China

41 minutes

Through the lens of one of the great archaeological events of the modern age – the discovery of the Terracotta Warriors and the First Emperor’s Tomb – Mysteries of China reveals the underlying story of how this world superpower came to be.

Narrated by Avery Brooks

Rental: US $0.99                    English | Español | Français         


As pioneers in immersive storytelling for over two decades, GSF is a producer and distributor of enriching content that pushes the boundaries of new mediums – from large-format films to interactive virtual reality. Our productions challenge the imaginations and curiosity of life-long learners, young and old, offering unforgettable museum and media experiences around the world.