'Conny The Whale' – West Hartford, Connecticut - Atlas Obscura
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'Conny The Whale'

West Hartford, Connecticut

Journey inside the bowels of this sperm whale sculpture.  


On the grounds of The Children’s Museum, a few minutes off of Route 84 in West Hartford stands a life-sized, walk-in sculpture of a sperm whale—a fixture on the museum grounds for the better part of 40 years.

“Conny” (named after the state of Connecticut) is 60 feet in length and appears to be a solid statue. However, as visitors follow the walkway around to the museum, they will find a trail that leads to a large entryway on the whale’s body.

The cavity inside Conny is large enough to fit nearly 10 people comfortably. It’s not anatomical, so no suggestion of ribs or other internal components of a whale are visible. Conny is a delightful roadside attraction.

Know Before You Go

Both the whale and the dinosaurs can be visited without entry into the museum. Parking is also free, so this site can be visited with no financial commitment. There is a reasonable admission fee to the actual museum. 

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