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World Whale Day was this weekend, but on a trip to the Museum, you can take time to appreciate these ocean-dwelling giants in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life whenever you want. While it’s easy for the iconic blue whale to steal the show, don’t forget the other cetaceans on display.


Full-size model of a blue whale is suspended from the ceiling, other ocean life dioramas in view surrounding it.
No trip to the Museum is complete without a visit to see the blue whale model.
D. Finnin/© AMNH

On the second floor of the hall, you can catch a glimpse of the life and death struggle between a sperm whale and giant squid —a clash of titans that takes place thousands of feet below the surface of the sea. Not all whale relatives are so massive, though, and you can learn all about some of the world’s smaller cetaceans in the Dolphin and Tuna diorama.

Beginning March 3, your whale-watching trip at the Museum can come to life when Humpback Whales opens in the LeFrak Theater. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and care for their young.


And if you can’t make it to the Museum right away, we’ve got you covered. You can see the Museum’s giant blue whale model in a video on our Facebook page later this afternoon. And if you just can’t wait for that show to begin, take a look at the model getting its annual cleaning in the video below!