BigPicture exhibit and ODDtober at the Tennessee Aquarium
Seeing the BigPicture
Nature photographers travel to the ends of the Earth, to places we might never visit, enduring punishing conditions in order to capture a single moment or particular animal behavior.
Their images help us understand and appreciate the world around us.
Starting Oct. 1, Tennessee Aquarium guests will have the opportunity to explore BigPicture: Natural World Photography, an exhibition of more than 40 stunning wildlife and nature photos. These images represent the top entries in the 2018 BigPicture photography competition held annually at the California Academy of Sciences.
The imagery celebrates and illustrates the rich, and often fragile, diversity of life on our planet. This inspiring collection transports you to where life is wild, beauty is bizarre and animals inspire us to be a little more human.
“The photographs in this extraordinary collection do more than capture moments in time….they tell stories, arouse sympathy, provoke joy, and make you gasp with wonder.” – Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Explorer, and Conservationist
The BigPicture exhibit is free with Aquarium admission. https://www.tnaqua.org/animals-exhibits/bigpicture-natural-world-photography
Throughout October the Tennessee Aquarium will spotlight some of the world’s most weird and wonderful creatures during special daily programs. Guests will have more opportunities to better understand the interesting traits and behaviors that help these animals thrive.
The Panther Chameleon is one colorful character that uses independently moving eyes to survey its surroundings. Once their conical eyes zero in on a prey item, a super-sticky tongue is unleashed in a flash. Extending up to twice their body length, a chameleon’s tongue is a marvel of nature. The vivid coloration is also related to their natural habitat. Blue-green and turquoise Panther Chameleons hail from the island of Nosy Be at the northern end of Madagascar. Those from the northwest coast of Madagascar are typically bright pink, earning them the name of “pink panthers.”
Check the Aquarium’s website, or download the Tennessee Aquarium app for a complete list of daily programs offered Free with Aquarium admission.
Special Screenings of PANDAS 3D
October 5, 6, & 7
Join narrator Kristen Bell in PANDAS 3D, the heartwarming journey of Qian Qian, an adorable captive-born Giant Panda cub who’s destined for life in the wild. A cross-culture collaboration connects Chinese scientists at the Chengdu Panda Base with an American black bear researcher from New Hampshire. Together, they work to reintroduce captive-born Pandas into the spectacular, mystical mountains of Sichuan. Cuteness abounds in this one-of-a-kind IMAX experience that will delight the entire family.
Un-bear-ably cute PANDAS 3D official trailer: https://youtu.be/r3eaGCk2Acs
Special Screenings of PANDAS 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater
Friday, October 5: at 3 & 7 pm
Saturday, October 6: at 3 & 7 pm
Sunday, October 7: at 3 pm
Friday, October 26 from 4 – 8 pm (Last Ticket Sold at 7 pm)
Come in costume and celebrate a family-friendly night of spooky critters and yummy treats at the Tennessee Aquarium. Make friends with mermaids, lounge with lemurs and beware of pirates as you Trick-or-Treat at more than a dozen candy stations throughout both buildings. Don’t miss an unforgettable photo op with some of your favorite characters as they SCUBA dive with hundreds of fish. Stop by the Monster Mash dance party and show off your best moves with some of the Aquarium’s lovable mascots. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Member: $8 per person, Adult or Child (3-12)
Member Guest: $35/Adult; $25/Child (3-12)
Non-Member: $40/Adult; $30/Child (3-12)
Register online: https://www.tnaqua.org/events-programs