By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jul 08, 2022 at 2:26 PM Photography: WikiCommons

A whale of an exhibit is swimming its way to the Milwaukee Public Museum as "Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend" will open beginning Saturday, July 9 and run through Oct. 2. 

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the special exhibit dives deep into the history, mythology and reality of the uniquely pointy unicorn-like whale, featuring graphics, displays, interactive elements and a 16-foot full-scale narwhal model.

"Narwhals are creatures that have become prevalent in pop culture, yet because of their remote existence and the fact that none are in captivity, many people know little to nothing about them," said MPM President and CEO Dr. Ellen Censky, in a release. "Through 'Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend,' MPM will help shed light on these mysterious creatures that are central to native Inuit communities in the Arctic Circle."

In addition to "Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend" itself, MPM will host several featured events to complement the exhibit. For instance, on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the educator cart will host "Points of Emphasis," breaking down the science and specifics of the narwhal's famous facial feature. Meanwhile, on Saturdays beginning July 16, special free docent tours will take place on the MPM's first and third floors discussing the evolution of marine mammals like the narwhal and how they live now. Plus, on Thursday, Sept. 22, the Science on Tap lecture series will bring in William Fitzhugh, director of the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center. 

"Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend" will be open during the MPM's regular hours, which are currently Wednesdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets for the exhibit, which include museum admission, are on sale now online at the MPM's website as well as over the phone by calling (414) 278-2728. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.