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Walrus by the Sea

We have some exciting news about our walrus.

Next May, he’ll be taking a trip to the seaside, to be on show at Turner Contemporary in Margate, as part of the Hayward Touring exhibition Curiosity: Art & The Pleasures of Knowing.

It will be his first sniff of sea air for more than a hundred years!

Our famously overstuffed walrus has been in our Natural History gallery since 1901. Since then, he hasn’t moved more than 25 feet.

We’re now making careful preparations, and working with specialist art handlers, to ensure the walrus’s safety during his trip to Margate. And, although we’ll miss him, we’re planning some great temporary exhibits for the Natural History Gallery until he’s back with us.

Along with the walrus, we are also loaning watercolour prints from an album by Victorian naturalist Phillip Henry Gosse. These loans are just some of the many objects and artworks that we loan, and are an important part of the work of all museums and galleries.

The walrus will be on display here until mid-May 2013. Curiosity: Art & The Pleasures of Knowing runs at Turner Contemporary in Margate from 25 May 2013 until 15 September 2013.