Dive Deeper into the mystical world of whales.

An immersive & interactive experience for all ages. January 20 - June 20

An Oceanic Adventure

Whales | Tohorā from the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, has been making a splash for nearly 10 years touring all over North America. Calgary marks its final destination offering a unique and exclusive cultural experience for Western Canada. Don’t miss your chance to experience this phenomenon!

The Whale Lab

See enormous whale skeletons and life-size whale models.

What is a whale made of?

Learn more about the anatomy of a whale. Climb inside a life-size model of a blue whale’s heart, touch the vertebra and rib of a fin whale and see a real-life sperm whale tooth.

What does the whale say?

The ability to produce and perceive sound is important for whales—to navigate, find food, and communicate. Learn about the different sounds each whale makes.

The Evolution of Whales

From the archaic whales (Archaeoceti) that once walked the Earth, through to the rise of the baleen whales (Mysticeti) and the echo-locating toothed whales (Odontoceti), explore the remarkable story of whale evolution.

Search and Destroy

Follow a sperm whale as it dives down to the deep ocean to hunt giant squid.

Build a Dolphin

Use a touch-screen to build the ideal robotic dolphin then test it out.

TERE TOHORA, TERE TANGATA - WHERE WHALES JOURNEY, PEOPLE FOLLOW

Humans have revered whales, hunted them, and explored their astounding adaptations to life in the sea. Learn more about the Māori culture and meet some of the people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales.

Whale Riders

Māori culture is rich with whale-riding stories and traditions. Learn about their legends and heroes.

PĀTAKA TAONGA (STOREHOUSE OF TREASURES)

Explore precious adornments and deadly weapons from New Zealand, Fiji, and the Marquesas Islands.

Whale Strandings

See a life-size model of a stranded pilot whale being refloated on a pontoon.

Follow the Whale Trail

Engage in whale activities and collect all three whale rubbings as you make your way through the exhibit.

Whales | Tohorā is a powerful combination of interactive science and cultural storytelling that brings the world of whales to life.

Come explore the amazing world of whales!

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Developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
© Image by Brandon Cole.

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Image Credits: In order from top to bottom, © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008, © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008, © Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust, © Carl Buell 2007, © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008, © Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust, © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007, © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2007, © Dr Ingrid Visser, Orca Research Trust 1997