The Madeira Whale Museum’s permanent exhibitions occupy over 1.000m2 divided into two rooms. The permanent exhibitions are open to the public since September 2011 and the visitor is invited to explore the waters around Madeira to discover its riches and learn more about the whales, dolphins and other marine life that inhabit these waters. The visitor is also transported in time to the early 1940s, to learn more about the history of whaling in Madeira.
The exhibition begins in the Whaling Room, with the rediscovery of ancient times through a series of objects, printed images, movies and multimedia kiosks. This room is divided into several thematic areas, ranging from the operation of the lookout network to the factory for processing the animals, as well as the hunting techniques, the reconstruction of the whaling fleet and crews and the contextualization of whaling in Madeira on the world.
In this first room two original whaling boats and a mosaic composed of 84 photographs stand out, the mosaic honors the whalers who were driven by the need to ensure the livelihood of their families, and had the courage to face the giants of the seas.
On a journey back to the present, the visitor is invited to "dive into the vast sea". Among full-size models of whales, dolphins and other sea creatures, visitors can explore several stereoscopic 3D movies and other multimedia content. By exploiting such contents it is possible to learn more about various marine topics, including marine mammals, and their relationship with the oceans and in particular the seas of Madeira.
Throughout the museum all visitors have access to information on the contents whether it is by audio guides and properly identified caption, available in five language . The historical and natural collections are complemented with videos, interactive kiosks, photographs, objects and simulators. The visitor is given the possibility to choose the diversity and amount of information it wishes to access.