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Virtual reality is coming to more than just gamers, and the Australian Museum will be the first local museum to try a new way of educating the general public.

With the school holidays approaching, there’s a good chance you’re going to need something to do with the kids. Videos are always a good bet, and so are museums, but the two so rarely collide in a way to keep the kids interested.

This week, however, the Australian Museum in Sydney is bringing a way to keep both kids and adults interested, and possibly inspire both to help the world while partaking in the next level of education.


That “next level” is to bring virtual reality to the education space, and to do that, the Australian Museum has worked with Samsung, Alchemy VR, and David Attenborough for two productions that will be shown at the museum for the next month.


“Virtual reality is a powerful new way of transporting us to the most extraordinary places on our planet, and David Attenborough is the perfect guide,” said Kim McKay, CEO of the Australian Museum.

“David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences puts the AM [Australian Museum] at the forefront of museum innovation and revolutionises the way people experience museums.”


The use of the plural form of “experience” by McKay wasn’t an accident, because there are two videos to experience here, with Attenborough narrating each.

The first is called “First Life VR” and is essentially an immersive computer animated look at how life evolved, taking viewers on a roughly 10 to 12 minute exploration of life in its earliest stages, breathing life via animation into facts so that people are both informed and entertained.

It’s an interesting experience and very informative, and due to its computer animated nature, will appeal to kids and students, as well as adults keen to learn something, too.


David Attenborough’s second VR film held more of our attention, however, and that’s because it’s one of the most intriguing virtual reality films because of what the premise is: explore the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough.

Normally when you watch an Attenborough documentary, you know the man is right there both in front and behind the camera guiding you through the miraculous tales of what you’re watching, but in the case of “Great Barrier Reef Dive VR”, things are a little different.