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  • Temporary exhibition
    Daily from 9.30am–5pm
  • Time to visit
    We recommend at least 1 hour to experience Whales | Tohorā
  • Tickets
    Additional to general admission. Free for new members!
  • Free audio guide tour
    Download the Australian Museum mobile app

Come face-to-face with the world’s largest animals. Exhibition on now

Dive into the immersive Whales | Tohorā exhibition that brings the incredible world of whales to life at the Australian Museum.

Presenting the latest cetacean research from the international scientific community, Whales | Tohorā explores the diversity, biology and adaptation of whales to life in our oceans and celebrates their role in South Pacific Islanders’ rich cultural history.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Be enthralled by one of the most extensive collections of whale skeletons ever displayed, including the 18m skeleton of a Bull Sperm Whale
  • Walk through a life-sized heart of a Blue Whale
  • Hear a symphony of whale noises in the sound chamber
  • Enjoy breathtaking live footage from the deep ocean
  • Get hands-on and touch the vertebra and rib of a fin whale
  • Uncover the rich whale-riding stories and traditions of the Māori culture

Exhibition created by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Ticket information

Ticket prices
Ticket General Audience Price Members Price
Adult $27 $13.50
Concession $22 $11
Children (5-15 years) $14 $7
Children (0-4 years) Free Free
Family (2 Adults, up to 3 Children) $72 $36
Family (1 Adult, up to 3 Children) $49 $24.50
Become a new Member! Free Free

These school holidays, bring a friend for free every "Whales Wednesday"!

Bring an extra friend on any of the following Wednesdays and use codeword ‘Whales Wednesday’ when presenting your online ticket or buying your ticket at the Admissions desk.

Offer valid for Wednesdays: 19 Dec 2018, 26 Dec 2018, 2 Jan 2019, 9 Jan 2019, 16 Jan 2019, 23 Jan 2019, 30 Jan 2019.

  • Offer valid for tickets bought online and directly at the Australian Museum Admissions desk.
  • Only one (1) extra person per ticket allowed regardless of ticket type. Additional person can be adult or child.
  • Offer not valid for group bookings.

  • Two Sperm Whale Skeletons in Whales | Tohorā
  • Young visitor climbs through Blue Whale heart model
  • Young visitors in the 'Sound Chamber'
  • Fin Whale rib bone and vertebra in the Whale Lab
  • Whale riders theatre in Whales | Tohorā


Things to do

Free audio guide tour

Whales Audio Tour
Australian Museum app Image: Anders Alexander
Australian Museum

Take a self-guided audio tour when you visit the Whales | Tohorā exhibition by downloading the FREE Australian Museum app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Join the Whale Trail

Whale Trail on the AM Games App
A visitor uses a smartphone to access an augmented reality Sperm Whale on the AM Games app. Image: Anders Alexander
Australian Museum

Discover more about whales in this interactive adventure around the Australian Museum. Download the FREE AM Games app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Where to stay in Sydney

TFE Hotels
TFE Hotels interior Image: Not specified
TFE Hotels

In town to see the Whales | Tohorā exhibition? Book your stay in Sydney with TFE Hotels in the most central locations across Sydney including the CBD and city fringe.

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Whale Hero Image

Humpback Whale Calf
Image courtesy of Jem Cresswell Image: Jem Cresswell
Jem Cresswell

This striking image of a humpback whale calf was taken by Australian photographer Jem Cresswell as part of his Giants series, where he explores the awe-inspiring behaviours and undeniable anthropomorphism of the humpback whale.

Words by Kelly Richman-Abdou.

Māori Background Pattern

Tohorā pattern
Work in progress. Image courtesy of Lee Watt © Lee Watt Image: Lee Watt
Lee Watt

To honour the Māori legacy of the exhibition, the Australian Museum Pacific Collections team and Lee Watt, a specialist Māori designer collaborated to develop a bespoke pattern which tells a story:

Nga Tamariki a Tangaroa
(The progeny of Tangaroa - deity of the oceans)
This original pattern composed with the Mangopare (hammerhead shark) motif represents the multiple progeny of Tangaroa. The larger centre motif depicts the Tohorā and celebrates its sheer scale and beauty

Reduce your use!

Every year 100,000 marine mammals die as a result of plastic pollution. This includes whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. That’s why the Australian Museum has partnered with WWF-Australia to change our plastics habits and help you change yours by pledging to #ReduceYourUse today. Image credit: Photographer: Franco Banfi © naturepl.com / Franco Banfi / WWF

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