Whales

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Come face-to-face with the world’s largest animals

From 20 October 2018

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.

Exhibition highlights:

Created by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Whales | Tohorā will be at the Australian Museum from 20 October 2018.

  • A visitor at one of the Whale Trail kids stations at the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • A visitor learning about whale anatomy at the ‘Build a Dolphin’ interactive in the Whale Lab of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • A young visitor inside the blue whale heart in the Whale Lab at the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Visitors learning about whale anatomy at the ‘Build a Dolphin’ interactive in the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • The ‘Search and Destroy’ theatre in the ‘whale lab’ section of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Visitors in the ‘whale lab’ section of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Visitors at the Whales | Tohorä exhibition engage with a large-scale timeline of the history of whaling in New Zealand, which includes arresting images and a range of objects.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Two articulated sperm whale skeletons are a highlight of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Visitors turn a dial to hear different species of whale sounds in the ‘Sound Chamber’ of the ‘whale lab’ in the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Panorama of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition. Featuring the exhibition’s central Bull Sperm Whale Skeleton of “Tu Hononga”.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Panorama of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition. Featuring the exhibition’s central Male Sperm Whale Skeleton of “Tu Hononga” and Female “Hinewainui”.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Visitors get to touch a real rib bone and vertebra from a fin whale in the ‘Whale Lab’ segment in Whales | Tohorā. In the back ground is the exhibition’s central Bull Sperm Whale Skeleton “Tu Hononga”.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

  • Two sperm whale skeletons, The Male “Tu Hononga” and the Female “Hinewainui” are suspended at the centre of the Whales | Tohorä exhibition.
    © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

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Entry to the exhibition is half price for all existing AM Members and free for new Members, so join today!

Your ticket to Whales | Tohorā includes General Admission to the museum.

Please note the Australian Museum's conditions of entry.

For any questions regarding the exhibition or booking a ticket, please call (02) 9320 6000.

Ticket Type
General Audience Price
Members Price
Adult
$27
$13.50
Concession
$22
$11
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
New Members*
FREE
FREE

* Offer valid for new AM Members joining between 20 September 2018 and before the Whales | Tohorā exhibition closes on 28 April 2019.

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Talks & Events

Dwayne Bannon-Harrison in Jervis Bay

Yuin cultural storytelling, dance and song

4 November, 2pm

To celebrate Whales | Tohorā, Dwayne Bannon-Harrison shares the rich Yuin connection to whales through dance, song and storytelling.

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Vanessa Pirotta portrait

Whales, drones and the future of marine mammal research

Night talk with Vanessa Pirotta

15 November, 5.45pm

Join Vanessa Pirotta, 2018 FameLab Australian National Winner, as she discusses her fascinating work using drones to track whale health by collecting whale snot.

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Vanessa Pirotta portrait

Whale sculpture weaving workshop with Aunty Karleen

9 December, 10am

Aboriginal Elder Karleen Green shares weaving techniques and knowledge passed down through hundreds of generations.

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Acknowledgments

Our hero image

A humpback whale photograph taken by Jem Cresswell

Image courtesy of Jem Cresswell © Jem Cresswell

This striking image of a calf humpback whale 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.

The background Māori 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

Māori pattern

Work in progress. Image courtesy of Lee Watt © Lee Watt

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Exhibition Partners

Exhibition Developed By

Te Papa

Media Partners

National Geographic
JC Decaux
Daily Telegraph

Supporting Partners

Whale Watching Sydney
The Horizon Foundation
Boulevard Hotel
Australian Museum

Copyright © Australian Museum 2018. Exhibition developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
This exhibition was made possible through the support of the New Zealand Government. Photo by Jem Cresswell