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Temporary exhibitionDaily from 9.30am–5pm
Time to visitWe recommend at least 1 hour to experience Whales | Tohorā
TicketsAdditional to general admission. Free for new members!
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Come face-to-face with the world’s largest animals. Exhibition on now
Dive into the immersive Whales | Tohorā exhibition that brings the incredible world of whales to life at the Australian Museum.
Presenting the latest cetacean research from the international scientific community, Whales | Tohorā explores the diversity, biology and adaptation of whales to life in our oceans and celebrates their role in South Pacific Islanders’ rich cultural history.
- Be enthralled by one of the most extensive collections of whale skeletons ever displayed, including the 18m skeleton of a Bull Sperm Whale
- Walk through a life-sized heart of a Blue Whale
- Hear a symphony of whale noises in the sound chamber
- Enjoy breathtaking live footage from the deep ocean
- Get hands-on and touch the vertebra and rib of a fin whale
- Uncover the rich whale-riding stories and traditions of the Māori culture
Exhibition created by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
|Ticket||General Audience Price||Members Price|
|Children (5-15 years)||$14||$7|
|Children (0-4 years)||Free||Free|
|Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children)||$72||$36|
|Family (1 Adult, up to 3 Children)||$49||$24.50|
|Become a new Member!||Free||Free|
Think Wednesday, Think “Whales Wednesday” these school holidays: Buy one ticket and bring a friend for free!
Bring an extra friend on any of the following Wednesdays and use codeword ‘Whales Wednesday’ when presenting your online ticket or buying your ticket at the Admissions desk.
Offer valid for Wednesdays: 19 Dec 2018, 26 Dec 2018, 2 Jan 2019, 9 Jan 2019, 16 Jan 2019, 23 Jan 2019, 30 Jan 2019.
- Offer valid for tickets bought online and directly at the Australian Museum Admissions desk.
- Only one (1) extra person per ticket allowed regardless of ticket type. Additional person can be adult or child.
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Whale Hero Image
This striking image of a humpback whale calf was taken by Australian photographer Jem Cresswell as part of his Giants series, where he explores the awe-inspiring behaviours and undeniable anthropomorphism of the humpback whale.
Words by Kelly Richman-Abdou.
Māori Background Pattern
To honour the Māori legacy of the exhibition, the Australian Museum Pacific Collections team and Lee Watt, a specialist Māori designer collaborated to develop a bespoke pattern which tells a story:
Nga Tamariki a Tangaroa
(The progeny of Tangaroa - deity of the oceans)
This original pattern composed with the Mangopare (hammerhead shark) motif represents the multiple progeny of Tangaroa. The larger centre motif depicts the Tohorā and celebrates its sheer scale and beauty
Reduce your use!
Every year 100,000 marine mammals die as a result of plastic pollution. This includes whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. That’s why the Australian Museum has partnered with WWF-Australia to change our plastics habits and help you change yours by pledging to #ReduceYourUse today. Image credit: Photographer: Franco Banfi © naturepl.com / Franco Banfi / WWFFind out more