The Blue Whale

(Balaenoptera musculus)

MAGNT has an exciting opportunity to reinstate the spectacular Blue Whale skeleton to the newly refurbished Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery.

The endangered Blue Whale is the largest animal known to have ever lived. MAGNT holds in its collection an incredible 25m skeleton, the only museum specimen of a Blue Whale from Northern Territory waters.


The skeleton has not been on public display since 1999, but is still affectionately remembered by the local community. It is a valuable scientific record of this enigmatic species in the Northern Territory and an awe-inspiring exhibit.​


Your donation will help MAGNT to carry out an estimated 500 hours of work. This involves the meticulous preparation of the bones, fabrication of the steel support frame and hanging the skeleton on display for all to enjoy.

Blue Whale skeleton at MAGNT Bullocky Point, before repair work, 1991.


The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) skeleton was recovered from a mangrove forest on the east side of Cape Hotham (near the Adelaide River mouth) in the mid-1980s.

​Some of the vertebrae had been souvenired by fishers and other visitors to the area. Museum staff collected the ribs and the remaining vertebrae by boat. The skull and one of the lower jaw bones were recovered with the assistance of an Australian Army helicopter and crew.​

As Blue Whales have 64 vertebrae, 11 are known to be missing from this specimen. The total weight of the bones is estimated to be a hefty 3,500 kg!


The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a not-for-profit organisation. The Northern Territory's premier cultural and scientific institution relies on the generous contributions of donors and corporate partners to continue its important work for future generations.


Help us to reinstate the Northern Territory's treasured Blue Whale skeleton


Donations raised through Encounter: Deep Blue will be directed towards the refurbishment and reinstallation of the Blue Whale skeleton and other important MAGNT projects for our community.​​

Be part of this unique collective and purchase your piece of history. At the fundraising gala, a limited opportunity to purchase a part of the skeleton will be made available.​

On this occasion, you won't be able to take your piece of the skeleton home with you as a memento of your evening, but your contribution to the project will be gratefully acknowledged on a plaque, once the skeleton is refurbished and reinstalled in the Colin Jack-Hinton Maritime Gallery.


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of the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646,
Darwin NT 0801

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