Very like a whale

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Black-and-white print of a whale skeleton

Very like a whale

  18 October 2019 – 5 January 2020 

 Admission free

Very like a whale

This display marks 200 years since the birth of Herman Melville with 21st-century prints inspired by his most famous fictional creation, Moby-Dick.


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible


Admission free

 Opening times

Monday to Friday - 9am–5pm
Saturday - 9am–4.30pm
Sunday - 11am–5pm

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