SIR David Attenborough is coming to a York museum to officially open a major new exhibition, Yorkshire's Jurassic World.

The 91-year-old naturalist and television presenter will take a guided tour of the exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum before meeting York school children and giving a short talk on Friday March 23.

Sir David, who presented the most watched programme of last year, Blue Planet 2, said he was delighted to be coming to York to open the exhibition.

"I have been interested in palaeontology and the world of dinosaurs and sea monsters since I was a child," he said. "It remains a subject which still fascinates and excites me to this day.

“I am looking forward to coming to see the internationally significant collections and also to experience the technology which is helping to bring these magnificent creatures to life in new and imaginative ways.”

The exhibition, which opens to the public on Saturday March 24, will 'take them on an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited,' said a spokesman.

Holders of York Museum Trust cards can enter a competition to win four pairs of tickets to attend the launch.

Children at York primary and secondary schools can also take part in a competition to win the right to ask Sie David three questions.

To enter the competition each school needs to submit three questions per class that they would like to ask David Attenborough on the theme of the natural world.

The winning classes will be invited to ask their questions to Sir David and to visit the exhibition.