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‘Whales: Giants of the Deep’

Whales are mammals, like humans, and their ancestors once lived on land.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Whales are mammals, like humans, and their ancestors once lived on land.

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Skulls and skeletons, art and weaponry, eerie vocalizations, and the 58-foot-long preserved skeleton of a male sperm whale — the hot ticket at the American Museum of Natural History in New York this summer is “Whales: Giants of the Deep.” This engaging exhibit from New Zealand examines the largest mammals on the planet from both a scientific and a cultural perspective, tracing how these extraordinary marine leviathans have captured imaginations for centuries, from Maori whale-riders to the international whaling industry to today’s scientists, who share current research. Videos and interactive exhibits show the evolution and biology of whales, how they eat, how they navigate and communicate by sound, and visitors can climb inside a life-size replica of a blue whale heart.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORYDaily 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. through January 2014. Timed tickets $16-$27, includes general admission. Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100,

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