Whales: Beneath the surface

An illustration of a whale

Go beneath the waves to explore the extraordinary lives of whales. Opens 14 July.

Dive through one of the world's most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibition.

More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise.

Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises' extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us.

Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • full skeletons revealing the secret to swimming like a whale
  • skulls, including that of a pygmy right whale, showing how whales sense and feed
  • organs showing how whales breathe and digest food, including a sperm whale stomach
  • a flipper from a blue whale
  • an immersive experience showing how some whales, dolphins and porpoises sense their prey using sound
  • the chance to compare your hand to a whale flipper

Richard Sabin, whale expert at the Museum, says, 'Whales are incredibly mysterious and complex creatures, and the giants of the seas.

'This exhibition brings you face to face with some of the world’s most impressive whale specimens, and shows how we are starting to understand and answer the biggest challenges facing whales today.'

Join the pod

Win a family ticket for four to the Whales exhibition in our free prize draw. Children can have a whale of a time exploring life beneath the waves, and take home two plush toys.

How to enter

Complete the free prize draw entry form, ensuring that you have read the terms and conditions first. Closing date for entries is 13 July 2017 at 23.59 BST. The winner will be contacted by email.

You must be a UK resident aged 18 or over to enter.

  • Opens 14 July

  • South Kensington

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