For a Whale of a Good Time… Call Us!

We are now accepting reservations for events in the new Fin Whale Passage here at NHM! This room is washed in gentle blue light that makes you feel as though you are swimming right along with this beautiful creature! Suspended from the ceiling, the fin whale has become an institution at NHM, having been displayed from 1944 until 2006 when it was taken down for construction work at the museum.

This will be the main thoroughfare into the Rotunda when it opens in this July. The room is accessible from both the Grand Foyer and North American Mammal Hall.

Capacity for the fin whale passage is 410 standing and 200 seated. If you would like more information about renting the Fin Whale Passage or any of our galleries for you event, please call 213-763-3221 or email us at You can also check out our website at

All of the above photos were taken by Shannon Cottrell for LA Weekly. If you would like to look at more photos of the room or to see a time-lapsed video of the whale being mounted, please go to


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