- Cultural Communities
- Digital Scholarship
- 25th Annual Sailors’ Series
- Painting with a Splash
- Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
- Of Earth, Sea & Fire Symposium
- Where the Land Meets the Sea
- Watkins Bioacoustics Symposium
- 27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
- Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- Family Activities
- Community Programs
- Annual Events
- Charles W. Morgan Visit
- Whaling History Symposium
- Moby-Dick Marathon
- Past Programs
Around the World and Back Again: New Bedford Artists Abroad
From the mosques of the Middle East to the Roman Forum, see the world as 19th century New Bedford did: through the eyes of its artists.
The Art of Seeing Whales
Highlights from the Elizabeth Schultz Collection, the Melville Society Archive, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Harboring Hope in Old Dartmouth: 1602-1827
This exhibition contextualizes the story of yankee whaling within the larger scope of Old Dartmouth history and the evolution of the port city of New Bedford.
Benjamin Russell: Whaleman-Artist, Entrepreneur
This exhibition explores Russell’s self-training and subsequent work targeting an audience with specialized knowledge of whaling.
From the upper deck of the Museum you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the local fishing fleet. Come imagine yourself at the local fishery in the past, present, and future.
The Art of the Ship Model
Marine models viewed as a true decorative art form. Collections of the past, present and future.
Glass from the City of Light
Beautiful glass lighting, including the renowned Pairpoint “puffy” and reverse-painted table lamps, together with art glass made locally by the Mt. Washington Glass Company.
“Go a whaling I must, and I would": Life Aboard a New Bedford Whaling Vessel
This exhibition highlights the men, matériel and activities aboard a whaling vessel.
A Voyage Around the World: Cultures Abroad, Cultures at Home
Grab your passport and experience the diversity of cultures encountered by whalers as they travel the world.
Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the Whalers
A sumptuous exhibition of the best, most representative, and most compelling curiosities of our vast scrimshaw holdings.
Cuffe Kitchen & Park
A multi-media experience about prominent merchant, philanthropist, community leader, civil rights advocate and abolitionist Captain Paul Cuffe (1759 - 1817).
Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibit
Connections between New Bedford and Cape Verde, the unique characteristics of Cape Verdean culture, and the special legacy of that culture and history here in New Bedford.
The story of human interactions with whales would be incomplete without discussing today's scientific work.
Climb aboard an 89-foot, half-scale model of the Bark Lagoda, built inside the Bourne Building in 1915.
From Pursuit to Preservation: The History of Human Interaction with Whales
Explores the human fascination with whales and the history of whaling.
Harpoons and Whalecraft
The full spectrum of whaling weaponry devised in the 19th century, from classic harpoons to massive guns, providing new insight into the greatest big-game hunt ever pursued by man.