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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 exhibits 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.
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 exhibit 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.
Views to the Harbor
The Museum’s Davis Observation Deck provides one of the best views in New Bedford.
Dora Atwater Millikin Working Waterfront: A Portrait of New Bedford Harbor Today
First public showing of a series of city’s harbor and working waterfront paintings by Dora Atwater Millikin.
John Stobart, Maritime Painter – a Retrospective
Cross-section of John Stobart’s work. Paintings and sketches form a comprehensive retrospective.
A Man and His Journey
Aristides Pereira was the first President of the Republic of Cape Verde, after the former Portuguese colony achieved independence in 1975.
Dutch Whaling in the Golden Age
Old Master paintings and prints, sumptuous decorative arts, exquisite navigation instruments and rare natural history specimens.
British Paintings & Scrimshaw
A splendid array of paintings, prints, illustrated shipboard journals, and scrimshaw.
An exhibition of contemporary art inspired by Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby-Dick” includes works by Rockwell Kent, Leonard Baskin, and Richard Ellis.
American Landscape and Seascape Paintings
Peruse the diversity and take in the richness of some of our finest paintings.
Changing Tides: The New Bedford Waterfront in Transition
Photographs reveal the dynamic changes in the port over the last 150 years.
Ceramics from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition is an opportunity to view seldom-seen ceramics, including pottery from the Roman Empire, "creamware" from New Bedford, and modern Japanese artifacts.
Working Waterfront, Photographic Portraits
Photographs by Phil Mello focusing on local shoreside workers and their jobs: from fish cutter to purveyor, from welder to auctioneer, from lumper to inspector, as well as fishermen.
Charmed by the Sea
Charmed by the Sea celebrated not simply the power of the sea , but the complex and exciting relationship that exists between fine arts and the traditional arts of the mariner.
Classic Whaling Prints
This exhibit traced the most important and influential pictorial images of whaling through four centuries.
Needle/Work - Art, Craft, and Industry
This exhibit examines the roles that such work played in the social, economic and cultural lives of New Bedford's men and women between the late 18th and early 20th centuries.
Industry and Nature Collide: Photographs of Modern Shore Whaling Stations
Photographers Henry W. Kendall and Nicholas Whitman record the geographically isolated sites of former shore whaling operations.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, the museum showcased one of the novel’s most compelling sources of inspiration – Russell and Purrington’s 1,300-foot-long panorama.
William Bradford: Sailing Ships & Arctic Seas
This exhibition was comprised of 68 oil paintings -- many shown in public for the first time -- as well as drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photographs.