Explore virtual reality with David Attenborough's First Life

5 June 2015

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Sir David Attenborough’s First Life virtual reality experience arrives at the Museum this month, taking visitors on a 3D journey to see some of Earth’s earliest inhabitants.

Update 11 December 2015: First Life is now closed, but you can book tickets for David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive.

Narrated by the iconic nature commentator, and created with Atlantic Productions, this 15-minute adventure allows visitors to explore ancient oceans and interact with sea creatures that existed more than 500 million years ago.

Ancient reality

Based on the Museum’s latest ground-breaking research into the physiology, evolution and behaviours of ancient animals, long-extinct creatures such as the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia have been vividly brought back to life using virtual reality technology.

After a short video introduction from Sir David Attenborough, visitors are taken on a journey through Earth’s Cambrian Period oceans, using Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Impossible places

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Museum, said: ‘We’re always looking for new ways to challenge the way people think about the natural world – its past, present and future. We know virtual reality can transport us to impossible places, and this is a compelling example of where technology can really change the way we experience museums and their collections.’

Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions, said: ‘David Attenborough’s First Life virtual reality experience is a landmark moment for virtual reality storytelling, where the world’s most celebrated naturalist is able to guide audiences through an ancient ocean. We are delighted to be pioneering this technology in partnership with Samsung and the Natural History Museum.’

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said: ‘This exciting new experience is a great example of how the Natural History Museum is at the forefront of innovation. We’re delighted to be working with the Museum on this project, and helping people to discover the natural world like never before.’

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive

Set sail on a virtual reality journey to the underwater world of the planet's largest coral reef with Sir David Attenborough.