New “Narwhal” Exhibit Now Open at Milwaukee Public Museum

There’s a new special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, and it will have you diving deep into the world of nature’s most mystical sea-creature.

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend‘ is now open and will run through October 2nd, 2022. It was created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

The narwhal is a mammal that is part of the whale lineage and lives near the Arctic Circle, where climate changes pose a challenge to their survival.

With its impressive spiral tooth (not a horn), the elusive narwhal has inspired art, legend, and cultural practice for centuries.

Today, Inuit knowledge coupled with scientific research help us better understand narwhals, the changing Arctic, and global climate change as a whole. 

At this limited engagement exhibition, visitors will experience a life-sized male narwhal model, engaging digital and physical interactives that will appeal to all generations, and Arctic soundscapes coupled with panoramic landscapes.

Guests will learn about evolving perceptions about the “unicorn of the sea,” from their depiction in the 1500s as angry sea monsters to their status as icons of pop culture today.

Stop by Thursdays and Fridays in July and August from 10:30 – 2:30 to visit the museum’s Educator Cart, where you’ll learn the differences between antlers, horns, tusks, and teeth.

Guests can also take a free Hidden MPM Docent Tour on Saturdays at 11:00 on the First and Third Floor to learn more about marine mammals.

Buy your tickets here. The exhibit is free to members.

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