The whale museum in Húsavík is one of the few museums in the world dedicated only to cetaceans. The museum has more than 8 exhibition halls with diverse exhibits that span natural history, art and science.

The whale passage

In the Whale Museum you can find 11 skeletons of whales, all of which have died natural deaths, except for a whale skeleton, which was a gift from Greenlandic hunters.



The skeleton in the exhibition is from a 25-meter-long sperm whale that washed ashore on Skaga in late summer in 2010. The skeleton is lying on its back, as is customary when whale carcasses wash ashore naturally.

A series of photos inside the exhibition space shows the process of pulling the carcass ashore, cleaning the bones in the whale station in Hvalfjörður and installing the frame in the Whale Museum in Húsavík.

Photographs of wrecks in Skjálfandaflói are taken by Christian Schmidt.

On a large map, you can see how many whales have been seen in Skjálfandaflói since 2017.

Whaling exhibition

In 2017, a new and updated whaling exhibition opened, which tells the story of whaling off Iceland as well as the history of whale watching.