The virtual reality experience of the Estonian Museum of Natural History invites you to meet ancient creatures

21. July 2017

Starting from this week, The Secrets of Ancient Sea, an exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Natural History, allows you to watch a 360-degree movie through virtual reality glasses. The movie will take you on a journey spanning hundreds of millions of years. The movie was created in Estonia from start to finish and has unique content and an innovative solution. During the movie, the viewer will meet gigantic predators of the sea and dinosaurs, experience the feel of the ice age, and see the development of the Baltic Sea.

‘The 360-degree movie is unique because you can truly experience life from hundreds of millions of years ago when you wear the virtual reality glasses,’ says Sander Olo, Head of the Department of Geology at the Museum of Natural History. ‘You can see a gigantic nautiloid swim past you, almost touching you, and feel the chill creeping in when the ice age begins,’ he comments on the effects of virtual reality.

The movie lasts for about seven minutes and during, viewers travel through six different periods, covering 600 million years altogether. ‘We brought ancient creatures back to life at the exhibition The Secrets of Ancient Sea, but in this 360-degree movie, we will bring them even closer to the audience,’ Olo says. ‘They can learn about the geological history of Estonia like never before,’ he adds.

The backbone of the movie is continental drift, during which the area of Estonia has moved from the southern hemisphere to its current location. Among other things, the viewer can see and experience what life was like when Estonia was covered by tropical waters and what took place here after the longest ice age in the history of the Earth.

The movie is watched with a special headset and it is available in Estonian, Russian, and English.

The virtual reality movie is not recommended for children under the age of five.

The 360-degree virtual reality movie complements the exhibition The Secrets of Ancient Sea by the Estonian Museum of Natural History. It invites you to dive into a journey through time to the bottom of the sea in the area of Estonia from a time half a billion years ago up until today, introducing the movement of the areas of Estonia, the plants and animals that have lived here, and changes in climate. The exhibition and the VR-cinema are open to visitors until March 2018.

The author of the 360-degree virtual reality movie is the Estonian Museum of Natural History in cooperation with BOP Animation. 

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