Whales: Beneath the Surface at the Natural History Museum

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Dive into the wonderful world of the sea’s giants with Whales: Beneath the Surface at the Natural History Museum.

Through examinations of skeletons, skulls, organs and flippers, the exhibition traces the evolutionary journey of these complex animals from their origins 50 million years ago. 

Discover the immense variety between more than 100 specimens of whales, dolphins and porpoises from the museum’s research collection, as they’re showcased together for the first time. Learn all about the eating habits of whales and how these social mammals communicate through sounds and songs. And immerse yourself in one of the exhibition’s highlights, which demonstrates how some whales sense their prey using sound. 

During your visit, pass through the museum's magnificent Hintze Hall to come face to face with a giant 4.5 tonne (4500kg) blue whale skeleton, unveiled on the first day of the exhibition.



Adult Ticket: £11.50 to £13.00 (USD14.63 - USD16.54) per ticket
Child Ticket (4 to 16 years old).: £7.50 to £8.50 (USD9.54 - USD10.82) per ticket
Family Ticket: £30.00 to £33.00 (USD38.17 - USD41.99) per ticket
Concession Ticket: £7.50 to £8.50 (USD9.54 - USD10.82) per ticket
Child Ticket (under 4 years old): Free

Venue Details & Map

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Victoria/Paddington. Either use pedestrian tunnel from South Kensington station and exit where signposted or walk up Exhibition Road and cross Cromwell Road to locate museum.

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