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Presented by CEFCU


Open May 25, 2024 - September 2, 2024

Come face to face with Sharks, the ocean's most magnificent and misunderstood species.

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Sharks brings to life the incredible diversity of sharks with dozens of life-sized models, ranging from 33 feet to 5 inches long, and offers visitors a unique look at prehistoric and modern species, their habitats and hunting styles, and the conservation threats these spectacular animals face today. The evolutionary history of sharks is extraordinarily long, predating even dinosaurs. Today, more than 540 species of sharks and over 670 species of their close relatives — rays, skates, and chimaeras — inhabit nearly all the world’s marine environments, from coral reefs to the polar seas, and even freshwater rivers.

The exhibition will showcase current research, replica fossils from the American Museum of Natural History's extensive collections, and a spectacular “parade” of sharks highlighting ancient and modern shark species.

Inside the Exhibition

Experience the diversity of species in the shark family, from prehistory to today. Learn about the evolutionary adaptations that make these creatures so complex and unique.

See the prehistoric mega-predator megalodon , the “Tyrannosaurus rex of the seas,” which was so large it preyed on whales
Hunt like a hammerhead in an activity that invites visitors to direct a shark using dynamic media

Discover, through a touchless interactive game, how scientists use the spots on sharks like fingerprints to identify individual fish.

Exhibition Sections

Diversity of Sharks
  • Ancient Sharks: Experience life-sized models and fossil casts, and learn about shark species that lived millions of years ago
  • Predator/Prey: Illustrations, videos, models, and touchless interactive experiences explore the behaviors and adaptions of sharks. Their feeding styles are as diverse as their prey
  • Biggest to Smallest Sharks: Discover the size of various species with models of sharks as big as the gigantic 33-foot whale shark to ones as small as the recently discovered 5.5-inch pocket shark
  • Super Senses: Sharks, rays, skates, and chimaeras have evolved some extraordinary sensing abilities. They can even detect things humans aren’t aware of — including electromagnetic fields and the direction of very low-frequency sounds
  • Around the World: Discover the variety of shark habitats around the world and the specialized adaptations that help sharks succeed in their environments
Sharks and Us
  • Dangerous: Learn about the history of our fear of sharks, the relative danger of shark bites, and simple tips to avoid danger
  • Vulnerable: Explore the various threats facing sharks as well as efforts to protect them

Sharks is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York. The Museum gratefully acknowledges Warner Bros. Discovery for its generous support of Sharks. A selection of footage in Sharks has been provided by Discovery's Shark Week.

Sharks is presented by CEFCU with major support from Gilmore Foundation, Ruby K. Warner Trust, Carle Health

Additional support from: Precision Planting, Simantel, Corporate Visionary Society Council