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Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

On view October 22–January 8

The narwhal, with its unique spiral tusk, has inspired legend in Inuit society and fascinated people across cultures for centuries. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend dives deep into the narwhal’s Arctic world to explore what makes this mysterious animal and its changing ecosystem so important. Through first-hand accounts from scientists and Inuit community members, the exhibition reveals how traditional knowledge and experience, coupled with scientific research, heighten our understanding of these animals—and our changing global climate.

Map of Arctic Circle

Narwhals only live near the Arctic Circle, in the icy waters spanning Northern Canada, Greenland, and Russia (heighted here in pink). Image credit: Smithsonian Institution

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.

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Activities & Special Programming

  • Test your knowledge and learn more about teeth, tusks, and how animals use them at a new hands-on gallery cart, Tooth vs Tusk.

  • Take a closer look at the narwhal’s Arctic neighbors with special specimens, such as a walrus skull, polar bear skull, and bowhead whale baleen, on display in the Touch & See Lab.

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