- Digital Scholarship
One of the advantages of the digital age is that a page or pages online, unlike the printed page, are instantly editable. Here we present exhibitions that have ended. At the same time we will add related content if it improves or adds to the ideas presented. We will do this respecting the integrity of the original pages.
2015, 2014 and 2013 Past Exhibitions are listed on this page. If you are looking for information from a previous year, click on a link below.
Favorite pieces from the Museum's ceramics collection, representing various techniques and ranging from the fine and decorative arts.
Benjamin Russell: Whaleman-Artist, Entrepreneur
This exhibition explored Russell’s self-training and subsequent work targeting an audience with specialized knowledge of whaling.
The Art of Seeing Whales
Highlights from the Elizabeth Schultz Collection, the Melville Society Archive, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
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.
Arctic Visions: "Away then Floats the Ice-Island"
William Bradford as artist, innovator, adventurer, observer of history, culture and science.
100 Years of Mountain Photography – from Vittorio Sella and Bradford Washburn
This was the second in a series of exhibitions following in the wake of "Arctic Visions: Away then Floats the Ice-Island."
In the Unequal Cross-Lights
Outdoor Sculptures, Contemporary Sculptors Respond to the Whaling Museum Collections
Following the Panther: The Arctic Photographs of Rena Bass Forman
A selection of Rena Bass Forman's prints taken from her trip in 2006 to the West coast of Greenland.
Celebrating Generosity: Gifts from the ESK Collection
Selected works from the Eliot Stetson Knowles Collection.
Téjela: Weaving Stories, Weaving Lives
Maya textiles from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (Brown University) and the weaving collective Oxib’ B’atz (New Bedford).
Seven Continents, Seven Seas
This exhibition highlighted the broad international and chronological compass of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Among the Waves and Amid the Vortex: Paintings by Jason Hancock inspired by Moby-Dick
Abstract paintings using visual elements from Moby-Dick depicting the turbulent nature of the seas.
Portraits of a Port
Whaling history featuring Museum classics and the finest examples of scrimshaw anywhere.
Sitting in New Bedford
What do scallop shells, a girl on a swing, people working in a sail loft and in the Pairpoint glass factory have in common? They were each at one time or another, 'sitting' in New Bedford.