Exhibit / 4-D Experience

The 4-D Experience

Immerse yourself in our 4-D Experience, a cinematic adventure filled with thrilling sensory effects such as wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting.


The 4-D Experience®

Our 4-D theatre brings learning to life. The 4-D seat system includes an astounding number of features and effects, each one carefully choreographed to the film on the screen. Immerse yourself in the 4-D experience and allow yourself to be transported into the action through the special effects of sound, smell, touch, lights and weather effects.

Theatre features

Theatre features


4-D Screen

With larger-than-life images that leap right out of the screen, the 4-D experience is your chance to look at marine animals in a whole new way.



Immerse yourself in a herd of plodding elephants or a flock of cawing birds, with surround sound that puts you in the middle of the action.



Catch a whiff of the scents that will further immerse you in the 4-D experience, with customized smells for various shows.



A variety of innovative technology creates vibration, shaking and rumbling in sync with the effects on screen.



Exciting flashes of light take place to mimic lightning and other bright natural phenomena.



Various effects like wind, mist, snow and bubbles imitate elements of weather and will awaken your senses.

Now Playing

Shark: A 4-D Experience®

Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment.


Please note


Arrive early

We recommend you arrive 15 minutes prior to the show time as spaces are limited. Late admittance to the theatre will not be accepted as the doors are locked once the show begins.



Our 4-D shows are accessible for all audiences and include: wheelchair access entry, 4 wheelchair spots, assisted listening headsets and closed captioning units are available upon request.


Not for everyone

The 4-D Experience may not be appropriate for children under four or for people with light sensitives, back issues or scent allergies. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanies by an adult at all times inside the theatre and in the Aquarium.


Go behind the scenes

Participate in interactive sessions alongside Aquarium interpreters, biologists and trainers. Get up close with some of the incredible aquatic animals as you go behind the scenes and help with a feeding or training session.

How we help

Creating a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing

The Vancouver Aquarium is an Ocean Wise initiatiave. Our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans.


Ocean Wise Seafood

Overfishing is one of the greatest threats our oceans are facing today. The Ocean Wise seafood program helps to ensure that ocean life will be abundant for generations to come.


Plastic Wise

Ocean Wise is tackling the global crisis of plastic waste in our ocean. We’re conducting groundbreaking science to understand the problem and seeking bold solutions to address plastic pollution.



Since 1956, our researchers have been conducting original studies of animals and ecosystems both in the ocean and on site in order to advance our knowledge and enhance environmental conservation.

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