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The mysterious death of young Leonora

The exhibition The mysterious death of young Leonora is open from September 16th 2011 – September 16th 2013 (extended!). The Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Closed on: January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, December 25th.

In spring 2003, the body of a young Fin Whale female was found in Piran Bay, Slovenia. Her skeleton, which was given to the disposal of the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, eventually became the largest exhibit ever acquired by the Museum in its 190-year history. It was affectionately called Leonora. At the exhibition, you can see with your own eyes how experts managed to extract, from more than ten ton of mass, the wonderful white skeleton, which is now hanging from the hall's ceiling. The ambiental set-up exhibition, film shots, sound effects, interactive presentations, rich pictorial material and interesting text lead the visitors to sea depth, where they will learn who the young Leonora actually was, from where she came, who were her relatives, and what were her living habits. Although the cause of Leonora's death remains wrapped in mystery, the exhibition calls our attention to the several factors that greatly endanger these marine mammals and are mostly the result of human activities.

The white skeleton is finally hanging from the hall's ceiling. Photo: Ciril Mlinar

Exhibition project leader: Staša Tome, Ph.D., exhibition custodians: Ivo Božič, Mojca Jernejc Kodrič, Boris Kryštufek, Ph. D.

The exhibition was enabled by Ministry of Culture

The Sponsor: KRKA d.d.


Exhibition catalogue (in Slovene): BRAZDASTI KIT Balaenoptera physalus v Prirodoslovnem muzeju Slovenije

Cartoon (in Slovene): Skrivnostna smrt mlade Leonore / Ljubezenska zgodba s primesmi kriminalke, ki temelji na resničnih dogodkih (z rahlo zavajajočo naslovnico)

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