Whale Skeleton Dismantling
The first step was to close the upper floors and then move large exhibits including the walrus, rhinos and hippo skeleton with the help of William Tracey & Sons. The BMS carpentry team from the OPW boxed in the very largest exhibits and display cases for protection. A timber platform over the hippopotamus was built to take the weight of people working on the humpback whale skeleton. In August 2020 that skeleton was cleaned and then dismantled by a team from Inside Out Animals in the Netherlands.
The bones of the humpback whale skeleton were wrapped and shipped to the National Museum of Ireland Collections Resource Centre by a team from Maurice Ward Art Handling.
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