Skeletons of early whales cast from fossils in the ‘Whale Lab’ segment of Whales: Giants of the Deep.
© Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

A new, big exhibition is coming to the San Diego Natural History Museum.

The NAT officials announced Wednesday the “Whales: Giants of the Deep,” an interactive exhibition featuring the latest in international cetacean research, will open March 19.

“Our fascination with and affinity for whales was one of the many reasons we decided to bring Whales: Giants of the Deep to San Diego,” said Dr. Michael Hager, president and CEO at the San Diego Natural History Museum. “The exhibition allows guests to explore these magnificent creatures with a series of informative and hands-on exhibits that allow you to take a deeper dive into our vast oceanic ecosystems. It also gives us the opportunity to highlight the whale research we’re doing here at the Museum.”

At 7,000 square feet, Whales showcases amazing and rare specimens from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s whale collection, one of the largest in the world. Visitors will see life-size and scale models of whales common to the South Pacific as well as contemporary whalebone treasures such as weapons and chiefly adornments.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 5. For more information, go to

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