Mammals and blue whale
Discover the biggest mammals in the animal kingdom in the Mammals and blue whale gallery.
Look up and see our icon blue whale model and skeleton, seemingly swimming with the other cetacean skeletons and replicas suspended from the ceiling. On the ground examine extinct mammoths and giant elk and their living relatives, as well as giraffes, hippos and horses.
Star specimens and exhibits
- discover the swimming techniques of dolphins
- see the species that inspired mermaid stories
- examine skulls from a narwhal, or 'sea unicorn'
- compare your brain to a blue whale's
- play a detective game and find out how one species has changed over 55 million years
As part of the Museum's Hintze Hall redevelopment programme, the Mammals and blue whale gallery will be closed between 3–24 September and reopen on 25 September. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.