T
he highlight of our education and outreach program is clearly our Visitor Center, which
opened its doors in July 2004. The Visitor Center is focused around the skeleton of Inland, a
humpback whale that died from an entanglement in 2001. Colleagues at the College of the
Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, were able to mount the skeleton in a diving position. A mural on the
back wall of the exhibit?s central room, where the skeleton ends, shows a life-size rendition of its tail
flukes. This is the only articulated skeleton of a humpback whale on display in Massachusetts north
of New Bedford, and has already attracted a lot of attention.


In addition to the skeleton, the Visitor Center has many
other whale and whaling artifacts, as well as a series of
state-of-the-art educational panels. The panels were
written by Whale Center staff in consultation with a
series of environmental educators. They were then
designed and produced by Sky Photographic, Ltd., one
of the U.K.?s leading design firms as a contribution to
our educational efforts. The display also includes video
display panels showing local TV news footage of
Inland?s ?visit? to the area and a range of whale
behaviors seen in local waters. Whale songs and
sounds play continuously in the background throughout

the exhibit. We have found that these multi-media components helped increase visitor interest and

prolonged their stay in the display area.

The highlight of our education and outreach program is  our Visitor Center, which opened its doors in July 2004. The Visitor Center is focused around the skeleton of Inland, a humpback whale that died from an entanglement in 2001. Colleagues at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, were able to mount the skeleton in a diving position. A mural on the back wall of the exhibit's central room, where the skeleton ends, shows a life-size rendition of its tail flukes. This is  one of few articulated skeletons of a humpback whale on display and has already attracted a lot of attention.

In addition to the skeleton, the Visitor Center has many other whale and whaling artifacts, as well as a series of state-of-the-art educational panels. The panels were written by Whale Center staff in consultation with a series of environmental educators. They were then designed and produced by Sky Photographic, Ltd., one of the U.K.'s leading design firms as a contribution to our educational efforts. The display also includes video display panels showing local TV news footage of Inland's visit to the area and a range of whale
behaviors seen in local waters. Whale songs and sounds play continuously in the background throughout the exhibit. We have found that these multi-media components helped increase visitor interest and prolonged their stay in the display area.