Shrink down to two inches tall, hitch a ride on a jellyfish, and come face-to-face with a whale shark in an all-new virtual reality experience making a splash at the Academy through July 14.

Closing soon! Drop in the Ocean disappears after Sunday, July 14.

For this aquatic adventure, you’ll need a different kind of goggles. Fresh from its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, Drop in the Ocean is a 7-minute VR experience narrated by Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau and co-produced by Conservation International and Vision3 that immerses you in a stunning marine environment, introduces you to incredible animals, and invites you to take up the fight against plastic pollution—all from the perspective of a tiny plankton.

What does it feel like to be a Drop in the Ocean?

 Open daily, May 24–July 14. $12 for the public, $10 for Academy members. Tickets available onsite at the Academy. Recommended for ages 13+.


See the unseeable

Some of the ocean's most magical creatures are invisible to the naked eye. Drop in the Ocean reveals their beauty in exquisite detail.

Photo © Peter Parks

Digital rendering of whale shark mouth

Meet a whale shark

The largest fish in the sea is harmless to humans—but as a (virtual) plankton, you might be on the menu. 

Photo © Vision3

marine plastic pollution

Be the pollution solution

Make your way through a plastic-choked virtual seascape—and learn how you can help clean up the real thing.

Photo © Vision3


Share the experience

It's a big ocean out there. Luckily, Drop in the Ocean can accommodate multiple VR adventurers. Team up to multiply your pollution-fighting power.

Photo © Vision3

Drop in the Ocean is a co-production of: