Mystery of the Nile

Beautiful cinematography…the audience will feel as though they, too, are running the rapids.

Mystery of the Nile documents one of the greatest expeditions in modern times—the first complete descent of the world’s greatest and deadliest river from source to sea. For 114 days, a team of explorers led by Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown face nearly insurmountable challenges as they make their way 3,260 miles down the Blue Nile and Nile River. Deadly crocodiles and hippos, the world’s most dangerous white-water rapids, gunfire from bandits, malaria, and temperatures topping 120°F are just some of the obstacles they face. But more than just a chronicle of a groundbreaking expedition, Mystery of the Nile also reveals a wondrous region that is host to abundant historical, cultural and natural treasures. Along their journey through the highlands of Ethiopia, the deserts of Sudan and the modern port towns of Egypt, the adventurers explore the spectacular black pyramids left by the Nubian kingdoms in Meroe, the early Christian churches carved out of rock by 12th century Coptics in the sacred Ethiopian city of Lalibela, and the ancient pyramids of Egypt’s pharaohs.

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This is a paid experience.

Children (ages 2-12): $9
Adults (ages 13-59): $10
Seniors (ages 60+): $9
College Students with ID: $9
Military: $7
Members: Free tickets based on membership level


Honors & Reviews

“A visual feast…[Mystery of the Nile] spectacularly illustrates the river’s majesty as well as its life-sustaining importance to the ancient and modern worlds…a banquet of stunning scenery… By journey’s end you will have had an action-packed thrill-ride.”
– Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“…Mystery of the Nile does not fail to boggle the mind…The courage, curiosity and perhaps partial insanity of the explorers–not to mention the film crew–are admirable, as their trail and tribulations yield stunning images galore…made all the more glorious by the large-screen format…[a movie of] stirring beauty and scope”
– Box Office Magazine

“Giant-format movies are at their best when they capture real-life experiences that fill vast IMAX screens with action and excitement. Mystery of the Nile is just such a film, as heart-pounding an adventure as the spectacular Everest, which set the benchmark for IMAX productions.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“With a majestic quality benefitting its subject, Mystery of the Nile is an IMAX film with meat on its bones…the only real problem with Nile is that it doesn’t last longer.”
-The Charleston Post and Courier

“…thrilling…an exciting journey, full of dazzling images.”
– The Oregonian

“A beautiful, eye-opening, heart-pounding adventure from one end of the great river to the other.”
– Charleston City Paper

“Beautiful cinematography…the audience will feel as though they, too, are running the rapids.”
– Newark Star-Ledger

“…does not fail to boggle the mind…stunning images galore.”
– Box Office Magazine


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Convenient wheelchair accessible seating for the OMNIMAX is available via the 3rd floor theater entrance. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the OMNIMAX.

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