Whales: Beneath the surface
14 July - 28 February
Go beneath the waves to explore the extraordinary lives of whales.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 'A giant success.' – Londonist
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.
Gallery: inside the exhibition
10 things to do at Whales: Beneath the surface
1. test your ability to catch prey in an interactive game
2. compare your hand to a whale flipper
3. find out the secret to swimming like a whale
4. see how large whales grow
5. understand how whales sense and feed
6. hear humpback whales sing with the whale jukebox
7. see what lies inside a sperm whale stomach
8. learn how whales evolved and see how their ancestors used to walk on land
9. discover how deep some whales can dive
10. get up close to the Thames whale
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.'