Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend | New Exhibit Now at Milwaukee Public Museum through October 2, 2022


(Milwaukee, WI): The Milwaukee Public Museum has a brand new exhibit, open now through October 2, 2022. 

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Dive deep into the world of nature’s most mystical sea-creature.

What is a narwhal? It is, in fact, a mammal, part of the whale lineage. Narwhals only live near the Arctic Circle, where climate and sea-ice changes pose a mounting challenge to their survival. With its magnificent 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 special 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.

This unique exhibition takes a fascinating look at 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. 


Milwaukee Public Museum | 800 West Wells Street – Milwaukee, WI

Tickets and Hours

Open: Wednesdays through Mondays | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission to Milwaukee Public Museum’s permanent exhibits and Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend special exhibit.

  • Tickets will be accepted for entry anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the selected date only. Visit length is not limited.
  • Ticket holders will be required to visibly wear a “color of the day” wristband for the duration of their visit.
  • One Planetarium program is included with your Museum admission. At this time, programs cannot be reserved in advance and are first-come, first-served with limited capacity.
  • Milwaukee County residents will receive their discount on admission tickets at checkout.

Tickets for Museum admission and the Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend special exhibit can be purchased online or by calling 414-278-2728.

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend was developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

About the Milwaukee Public Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum is Wisconsin’s natural history museum, welcoming over half a million visitors annually. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the Museum was chartered in 1882, opened to the public in 1884, and currently houses more than 4 million objects in its collections. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rainforest, and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium. MPM is operated by Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc., a private, non-profit company, and its facilities and collections are held in trust and supported by Milwaukee County for the benefit of the public.

This post is in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Museum.


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