Humpback calf, reproduced courtesy of Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust
Whales | Tohorā (now touring internationally)
Explore the amazing world of whales, through a unique blend of science and storytelling. This exhibition draws on one of the largest whale collections in the world - at Te Papa, New Zealand. See enormous skeletons, explore whaling history, build a dolphin and more.
International touring schedule
- 27 May 2017 – 4 September 2017: The Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas, United States
- 22 October 2016 – 9 April 2017: Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
- 19 March 2016 – 5 September 2016: San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California, United States
- 3 April 2015 – 29 November 2015: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, United States
- 10 October 2014 – 16 February 2015: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, Colorado, United States
- 15 February 2014 – 24 August 2014: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- 23 March 2013 – 5 January 2014: American Museum of Natural History, New York, United States
- 19 October 2012 – 27 January 2013: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, United States
- March 2 2012 – September 3 2012: Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
- May 20 2011 – January 15 2012: Field Museum, Chicago, United States
- November 4 2010 – March 20 2011: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- June 20 2010 – September 14 2010: Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- October 31 2009 – May 2 2010: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
- February 28 2009 – September 7 2009: Exploration Place, Kansas, United States
- October 15 2008 – January 18 2009: National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, United States
Please check venue website for confirmed dates.
In this exhibition
From legendary whale riders to whalers and scientists, meet the people whose lives are linked with whales.
Whale evolution, variety, and anatomy – everything from how they move and feed to how they communicate and ‘see’ with sound.
Why and where do whales strand, and how do people react? You might be surprised!
Teachers and parents – find whale information, an exhibition guide, and student activities for back at school.
Whales are mammals whose ancestors lived on land. So how did they evolve into the sea creatures of today?
Check out our selection of videos, websites and references.
Are you a venue interested in displaying the Whales | Tohorā exhibition?
> Download the exhibition walkthrough
> Find out more about booking the exhibition
This exhibition was made possible through the support of the New Zealand Government.
Te Papa would also like to acknowledge the assistance of the