The Madeira Whale Museum (MWM) has designed or collaborated in the development of temporary exhibitions. The themes behind the exhibitions are diverse but always with the intention to promote the relationship between institutions leading the museum's mission even further. The temporary exhibitions may occur in or out the museum and in some cases there might be traveling exhibitions.
The MBM has a temporary exhibition room that allows the realization of diverse cultural activities: from exhibitions on various themes, to plays and projects presentation. The room is characterized by its versatility.
Learn more about each of the previously promoted exhibitions. Get to know the Museum’s Temporary Exhibitions Room.
The temporary exhibition "BALEÃO" resulted from the educational challenge presented to schools at the beginning of the school year 2019/2020.It is a project of pedagogical continuity, with an artistic nature, which aims to promote and disseminate knowledge about cetaceans and the marine environment, raising awareness of the role that each of us has in the sustainable future of the planet. This creative project had to be postponed due to the pandemic context, which led to its continuation in the 2020/2021 school year.
The following institutions participated in this challenge :
Itinerant Exhibition - A museum: life and sea histories
The exhibition A museum: life and sea histories was launched in November 2016, related with the celebration of the National Sea Day. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Madeira Whale Museum and its mission. It deals with aspects of the history of the museum; explores the subject areas that form the permanent exhibit: whaling in Madeira (1941-1981) and the life of Cetaceans; gets to know the Institution units: museology/history, science and education; reveals results of the works developed and shows elements that represent the cultural diversity of the Museum.
Being on display in places with a large public affluence and that covered the whole Island was the main goal. A year passed by and thus it was possible to achieve the objectives that were planned. We just want to thank all the Institutions who hosted the exhibition.
- Museu da Imprensa, Câmara de Lobos
- Grutas de S. Vicente, S. Vicente
- Centro de Ciência Viva do Porto Moniz
- Madeira Shopping, Funchal
- Centro Comercial La Vie, Funchal
- Aeroporto da Madeira – Cristiano Ronaldo, Santa Cruz
- Parque Temático da Madeira, Santana
- Escola Gonçalves Zarco, Funchal,
- Museu Etnográfico – Ribeira Brava
- Conferências do Mar – Casino da Madeira, Funchal
- Centro Cultural John dos Passos – Ponta do Sol
- Centro Cultural e de Congressos – Porto Santo
- Casa da Cultura de Santa Cruz
To meet this challenge, the registered schools had free access to a study visit to the MWM, to collect information, and to a follow-up activity in schools.
The following institutions participated in this challenge:
1 – Escola Básica e Secundária Padre Manuel Álvares
2 – Escola Básica do 2º e 3º Ciclos Dr.º Horácio Bento de Gouveia
3 – Externato Apresentação de Maria
4 – Escola Básica do 2º e 3º Ciclos do Caniçal
5 - Escola Básica do 2º e 3º Ciclos Cardeal D. Teodósio de Gouveia
6 - Escola Básica e Secundária Gonçalves Zarco
7 - Escola Básica e Secundária de Santa Cruz
8 - Escola Básica e Secundária de Machico
9 – CAO de São Vicente
10 – EB 123/PE do Curral das Freiras
The exhibition was inaugurated at the Madeira Whale Museum on May 26, 2016, coinciding with the commemoration of the anniversary of the museum. In this session was also announced the school who won the challenge: Escola Básica do 2º e 3º Ciclos Cardeal D. Teodósio de Gouveia, who received a trip in the sailboat Mestre Miguel to observe cetaceans, as the award.
Escola Básica e Secundária Gonçalves Zarco and CAO de São Vicente were also awarded two honorable mentions due to the quality of the work presented.
Click here to watch the works made by the institutions.
Besides the participation of the institutions, 3 plastic artists from Caniçal were invited to recreate the portraits of the whalers, namely Emanuel Santos, Inês Alves and Elda Calaça.
Before being on display in Madeira Shopping, the exhibition remained in the museum from May until September of 2017.
A museum: life and sea histories
The itinerant exhibition "Um museu: histórias de vida e de mar" was inaugurated in 16 November of 2016, related with the celebration of the National Sea Day. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Madeira Whale Museum and its mission. It deals with aspects of the history of the museum, its units - Museology, Science and Education. It also presents part of the work made in the institution, through 7 Panels, in English and Portuguese language version.
The exhibition was open to the public at the Madeira Whale Museum until 27 November. It has been in other places with great affluence of public and of tourist and cultural interest.
You can view the photographic record of the event in the following gallery:
Vou marAr.te a cabeça
This educational activity intends to inform the people involved with the entire process from the collection of the animal to the assembly of skeletons and, mainly, the difficulties inherent in determining the species of some of the stranded animals. It is necessary, among other things, to analyze the anatomy of the head.
Accordingly, eight models were produced in glass fiber in the shape of a whale head, as well as functioning as a garden bench. The models were handed over to the participating schools whose objective is to develop an artistic intervention.
Throughout the planning of the project, contacts were made with the City Council and the local Parish Council to determine the public places, where the models (after the artistic intervention) would be placed. This initiative also intended to contribute to embellish the village, but especially to promote the maintenance of the cultural heritage associated with whaling.
The eight models were delivered to schools during the first school period (2015/2016), and they made a study visit to the MWM to gather information and inspiration for the artistic intervention. During the second period, the MWM held environmental awareness lectures in schools and, above all, monitored the educational process inherent to the challenge. The models were collected in April 2016 and were placed in public spaces of Vila do Caniçal.
The inauguration of the exhibition was held on May 27, through the streets of the village of Caniçal.
Oficina do Mar - Second edition
As Miniaturas do Mar
Dentes do Ofício
Workshop of the Sea
Insulana - "Cartilha de Prodígios"
I am 5 Stars!
Biology in Madeira Archipelago, Investigation and Science
The Magic of Art
12 years of Astronomy
The exhibition depicts the work developed by the Association of Amateur Astronomers of Madeira and by the group of Astronomy of the University of Madeira.
Nautical Modelling in Caniçal
From November 12 to December 2, Madeira Whale Museum hosted the temporary exhibition “Nautical Modelling in Caniçal”. This initiative resulted from the collaboration between MWM and "Associação Amigos do Modelismo" and its aim was to present the works made by local professionals in the art of boat modelling.
The EB2, 3 school from Caniçal surprised once again with the exhibition "Barroquices" with which intends to explore the visual aspects of the Baroque style in a unique perspective with different and interesting angles, observation games, creativity, drawing and painting. All of the exposed artworks were made during the Visual Education and Technological Education classes.
The opening day of the exhibition on June 21st 2013 was complemented with two other events. At first, the performance of the play: "O Pomar de Dona Abundância" brought to life by the students of the Theatre class from Caniçal School and coordinated by Professor Miguel Ângelo. In addition a Modelling Encounter was held in collaboration with the school and the “Associação Amigos do Modelismo”.
Museums (Memory+Creativity) = Change
Sperm Whales and Daisies
Bearing this information in mind, a three-dimensional whale covered in daisies was created.
Photographs of sperm whales sighted in Madeira and artworks from craftsman João Sousa.
MBM – Remembering the past, preparing the future
Three aspects of the MWM were represented in the exhibition namely: museology, education and science. Some works prepared by students of the Occupational Activity Centre from Machico and photographs on the marine biodiversity, from renowned photographers in Madeira were also exhibited.
See photos of the inauguration in the maritime terminal and the airport.
Whaling - Arts & Facts
The opening of the exhibition was followed by the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Mr José Martins, a former whaler from Caniçal.
See the photos of the exhibition.
Natura 2000 Network exhibition
This exhibition toured several different places, cultural and civic centres, parish councils, libraries, among others, also toured all of the archipelago’s councils. The exhibition was complemented with educational activities, and was visited by more than 148 thousand visitors over the two years in which the archipelago was toured.
See a selection of some photos of the exhibition in various locations around the island.
Mar da Madeira - Mar de Emoções (Sea of Madeira - Sea of Emotions)
The photographs were collected in waters of the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) of Madeira Archipelago and thus allowing the visitor to visually enjoy the wonders of our waters.
See some of the photos of the opening of the exhibition.
Whales and Dolphins in Madeira - Come and get to know them better
The opening took place on December 3rd at 18 o’clock. Various entities were invited to the opening session, namely: Regional Secretariat for the Environment, Regional Secretariat of Social Equipment, Regional Assembly MPs, Regional Director for the Environment, the Mayor of Machico (CMM), Members of the Municipal Council, among others as well as the general population.
The exhibition comes as part of the research project named EMECETUS - study, monitoring and education for the conservation of cetaceans in Macaronesia and its main aim is to give a general knowledge of the main species of cetaceans in the waters of Madeira, as well as to publicize the research work that MBM has developed over the years, using different methodologies that will be shown in the exhibition.
The temporary exhibition "BALEÃO" resulted from the educational challenge presented to schools at the beginning of the school year 2019/2020.It is a project of pedagogical continuity, with an artistic nature, which aims to promote and disseminate knowledge about cetaceans and the marine environment, raising awareness of the role that each of us has in the sustainable future of the planet.
This creative project had to be postponed due to the pandemic context, which led to its continuation in the 2020/2021 school year.