Virtual Exhibition Experience: Great Whales: Up Close and Personal

Sleeping sperm whales
  • Grades 4 - 12
  • Ages 8-10, 11-14, 14+

In 2017, we 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 ROM went 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.  

The exhibition may be gone, but you can still sign up for the self-directed Virtual Experience to gain access to the annotated virtual tour!

Register your class for the free Virtual Experience


Once you receive your link to the Virtual Tour, click on this icon at the end of the introductory video to enter.

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Museum Guidelines

  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Use indoor voices.
  • Stay with your adult.
  • Make way for ROM educators if they need a space for a lesson.
  • Don't touch objects. Only touch objects that are clearly marked as safe to touch.
  • Don’t rush. Focus your time on the objects that capture your interest and complete what you can within the time you have.
  • Ask questions and have fun!

Fast Facts

The blue whale may be the world's largest animal ever, but they mostly feed on tiny shrimp-like creatures called krill. An adult blue whale can eat millions of krill each day.

Please Note

Complete the registration form to access the online exhibition.

Descriptive Audio Tour.

You can also view and download this activity on Google Drive in standard and digitally enhanced (with embedded links to multimedia resources) editions.