David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences

Museums, Science
David Attenborough in a submarine filming for a TV series on the Great Barrier Reef
Photograph: Australian Museum

Two fully immersive virtual reality experiences have launched at the Australian Museum taking you to the Reef with the king of natural history programs

The Australian Museum is the first venue outside of the UK to host David Attenborough’s First Life VR and David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR – two nature documentaries made exclusively for virtual reality. 

The docos premiered at London’s Natural History Museum, showing real footage captured in 2015 during Attenborough’s visit to Lizard Island Research Station, 270km north of Cairns.

The two documentaries have been created with technology from Samsung and content studio Alchemy VR. For $15, visitors can watch one of the documentaries via the Samsung Gear VR headset or Galaxy S6 smartphones, with 360-degree views. 

The Great Barrier Reef virtual reality tour dives beneath the waves to reveal coral reef, sharks and other sea life. In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years to the dawn of life on Earth to explore oceans.

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