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Review : David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive at the Natural History Museum from 11th December 2015


IMAGE 2 David Attenboroug (c) Atlantic Productions

(c) Atlantic Productions

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to follow David Attenborough on one of his adventures into the natural world, the Natural History Museum and Atlantic Productions will give you an opportunity to join the great naturalist when he travels to the Great Barrier Reef .

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive at the Natural History Museum from the 11th December takes you on a virtual reality journey beneath the waves to discover one of the natural wonders of the world full of vibrant corals, darting fish and deadly reef sharks. In a state of the art submersible, Attenborough guides you through this extraordinary community of life, which includes over 3000 reef systems.

IMAGE 1 (c) Atlantic Productions

(c) Atlantic Productions

In the approximately twenty-minute experience, visitors wear  Samsung’s latest wearable technology, the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headsets to enter the world of the Great Barrier Reef.  The headsets offer all round visibility so you can decide what parts of the reef  you would like to concentrate on. David Attenborough explains how the Reef is created and the complex ecosystems that the Reef supports, he also considers some of the threats to the Reef.


Travelling through the reef , shoals  of fish swim past including clown fish and barracuda, later in the experience, sharks and other larger fish make an appearance to illustrate the enormous diversity of the habitat.


David Attenborough’s nature programmes still delights us with their stunning photography, however the David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive at the Natural History Museum takes the whole process one step further, it really does  feels you are in the water and seeing the Great Barrier Reef in real-time.


The advances in Virtual Reality technology suggests that it will play a major part in educating people about the natural world and beyond. The Natural History Museum with the critically acclaimed David Attenborough’s First Life VR and this new David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive is at the forefront of finding new ways to explore some of the most extraordinary environments on our planet.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Natural History Museum website here

Visitor information

Opens 11th December 2015

Admission: £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for members and patrons

The experience is available for 13 years and over only

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