Search Events

Whales: Beneath the Surface at the Natural History Museum

From to

Humpback whale © Maria Teresa Lara_tetlara
This event has finished.
See similar events or search events.
Uncover the secrets of whales and their environment through sounds and rarely seen specimens in this immersive exhibition. Read More


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 25.2m (82.7ft) blue whale skeleton and more new displays, unveiled on the first day of the exhibition.

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 access via Exhibition Road.

Look for similar items by category