Bridge On the River Kwai

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science 5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX, 77030 United States

A Schlumberger Lecture with generous support from the US Naval History and Heritage Command 

Film introduced by Dr. Jay Thomas; Naval History and Heritage Command

Among the forced laborers who survived the sinking of the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the Battle of Sunda Straight on March 1, 1942 were American and Australian sailors who participated in the building of the 250-mile Thai-Burma Railway, known as the Death Railway.  The building of this rail line cost the lives of more than 12,000 Allied POWs. The River Kwai Bridge was only one of 688 bridges along the route.  This iconic Hollywood war epic fictionalizes the horrific POW experience to explore men’s battles both with each other and within themselves.   


Family members of the USS Houston Survivors' and Next Generation Association participate during the Q&A session following the screening.

Presented in conjunction with exhibit Guardians of Sunda Strait: the Wartime Loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston at the Julia Ideson Library. 

Co-sponsored by Houston Museum of Natural Science

Admission:  HMNS and AIA Member - $12.00

General Admission - $18.00

Use code AIA$6off to obtain discounted tickets by phone at 713.639.4629 or at HMNS box office.