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Would you like to be shown around the Natural History Museum by Sir David Attenborough himself? Now you can, thanks to a new Sky virtual reality experience.

'Hold the World' lets you get hands-on with some of the museum's rarest specimens, all from the comfort of your own home. Attenborough – who was digitally recreated as a 3D hologram for the experience – is your guide, giving you the benefit of his expert knowledge on all sorts of artefacts and objects from the museum. These include a blue whale, a stegosaurus, a trilobite, a dragonfly, a butterfly and a pterosaur.

"Sharing my passion for the natural world is something I have done for many years through different technologies, from the days of black-and-white TV to colour, HD, 3D, 4K and now virtual reality," said Sir David. "'Hold the World' is an extraordinary step in how we can communicate and educate people about experiences they wouldn't usually have access to in the real world.

"I am delighted about what users can learn and discover from the Natural History Museum's treasures in this new VR experience – it really is one of the most convincing and bewitching experiences that the world of technology has yet produced."

This is the first fully interactive VR production from Sky, and uses a combination of interactive videogame and TV documentary technology. It lasts between 20 minutes and an hour.

It will be available this spring, when the Sky VR app relaunches.

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