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.
A new installation by artist Nancy Train Smith is viewable from the San Francisco Room deck.
Arctic Visions: "Away then Floats the Ice-Island"
William Bradford as artist, innovator, adventurer, observer of history, culture and science.
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.
A full size replica of a ship's Forecastle. Come and see what its like to live on a whaling ship's close quarters!