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Published on Sep 8, 2011
On Sept. 7, 2011, a special team from the Museum's Exhibition Department vacuumed and brushed the famous blue whale model hanging in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
A New York City icon, the 94-foot-long whale floats over the immersive hall, its walls brimming with dioramas of various ocean environments.
The Museum's fiberglass-and-polyurethane sculpture is based on a female blue whale that was found in 1925. The model, which was first installed in 1969, received an extensive update in 2003 during the renovation of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Several details-including the tapering of its tail and the bulging of its eyes-were revised or added to reflect the latest scientific information about blue whales.
At 21,000 pounds, the Museum's blue whale is the largest model of the planet's largest known animal. Though blue whales can weigh over 300,000 pounds, scientists still know remarkably little about the species because these whales spend much of their time in deep or remote waters.
Learn more about the blue whale and other exhibits at amnh.org.