Great Whales: Up Close and Personal

May 1st 2022 - July 3rd 2022
Toronto, Ontario

In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale, in Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented.

Fast forward four years and they’re going back to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactives and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada’s east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them.

Use this trail for a self-guided onsite experience, or sign up for the self-directed Virtual Experience to gain access to the annotated virtual tour!

Register your class for the free Virtual Experience

Suitable for:

  • Grades 4 – 12
  • Ages 8-10, 11-14, 14+

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Format:In-Person, Virtual
Category: Community Science, Presentation, Indoors
Region: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
Audience: Kids & Families, Adults
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, English, French


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