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Whales Are Superheroes! See all four exhibits

April 14, 2022

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Unveils New Whale-Focused Exhibits and Educational Programs.

Did you know that whales are superheroes? Whales help maintain the stability and health of the ocean and minimize some of the worst impacts of climate change. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is presenting a multi-faceted collection of events and programs to inform the community about the many wonders of whales. Kicking off with an unusual immersive experience that allows audiences to see the underwater environment through the eyes of a child, these events and programs range from in-school art and science lessons, children’s and professional’s art exhibits, a new permanent exhibit, and a lecture — all of which are designed to provide something for every member of the community! These related exhibits and programs opened at SBMM on April 14, 2022!

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, four exhibits opened the public beginning April 14, and a free Zoom lecture is scheduled on April 21. Although their subjects are often similar, each event, artist, and exhibit brings a unique perspective, technique, style, information, and medium to a better understanding of whales and the role they play in mitigating climate change. The various components include:

  • A Whale of a Tale,” a unique multi sensory immersive experience that highlights the undersea world with life-size reproductions of artwork submitted by local children in grades K-6. This work, combined with the sounds of whales as they sing to each other and dramatic, vivid lighting,  recreates the feeling of seeing it all through the eyes of a child. April 14-Julu 31, 2022.

Paintings by Kelly Clause and John Baran
  • Whales Are Superheroes! is a new permanent exhibit that uses creative graphics and incorporates text, images, and drone footage to illustrate how whales help maintain the stability and health of the ocean. Opened April 14.

 Blue Whale by Adam Ernster, Condor Express
  • Santa Barbara Channel’s Whales and Their Climate Connectionis a free Zoom webinar presentation by renowned marine biologist Holly Lohuis about whales, their influence on the ecology of the ocean and the Santa Barbara Channel, and the status of the application to have the Channel designated an International Whale Heritage Site. April 21, 2022

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
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Santa Barbara, CA 93109 United States
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April 14, 2022


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