A Whale Skeleton installed at Museu Blau

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Barcelona, always!

From last Tuesday 12 July, visitors to the Museu Blau will be received by a very special host: the whale skeleton from the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona’s collection.

Whale Skeleton

Whale Skeleton

This skeleton of a Common Finback whale has now been installed in the museum’s entrance hall, and is displayed in a more natural position than at the Castell dels Tres Dragons. The size of the hall allows it to be exhibited in the position it adopts when diving into the sea.

The museum was closed to the public from 1 to 11 July so that the 20-metre long skeleton, which weighs one tonne. A team of architects were required for this to be possible, along with a series of companies specialising in large-scale assembly and cetacean skeleton assembly experts.

The skeleton has been under restoration over the past few months and the front part of the cranium has been repaired, after it was damaged when being taken down a year ago. All the bones have been weighed and measured, replicas of the invertebral discs, previously missing, were made, and the anchorage and support points designed.

Museu Blau Barcelona

Museu Blau Barcelona

As head of collections at the Natural Science Museum, Eulàlia Garcia, explained, the whale has a steel tube running through the spinal column, to which the anchorage points are attached, thus ensuring that the bones themselves would not be damaged for the installation. Some 44 cables hold the skeleton in place.

Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona – Museu Blau
Pl Leonardo Da Vinci, 4 | Sant Martí

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