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Video, Article

About the Exhibition

Whales: Giants of the Deep transports visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth.

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Whale Evolution

Whales are mammals, and their ancestors once lived on land. So how did they come to live in the sea?

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Whale Biology

Whales are divided into two main kinds – baleen and toothed. These two groups are broken into smaller and smaller groups until they get down to individual species.



Whale People

For centuries, humans have revered whales, hunted them, and explored their astounding adaptations to life in the sea.


Curriculum Collection

Whales: Giants of the Deep for educators

The Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibition takes an in-depth look at these marine mammals and the role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.


Programs and Events

Related Programs

Visit the Museum this season for exciting programs about whales and oceanic habitats. 

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Whales: Giants of the Deep was developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. This exhibition was made possible through the support of the New Zealand Government.

The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund

Generous support for Whales: Giants of the Deep has been provided by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

Whales: Giants of the Deep

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