Whales Today

An exhibition dedicated to the science and behavior of whales, their cultural impact, the current threats to their survival, and empowering all to support conservation efforts.

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Domingos Rebêlo, photograph, 1918, personal collection of Jorge Rebêlo. (right) Domingos Rebêlo, Garden in Santo André Convent, Vila Franca do Campo, ca. 1920s, private collection.

THE AZOREAN SPIRIT: THE ART OF DOMINGOS REBÊLO

Art from this seminal Portuguese artist reflects Portuguese identity and culture, and honors the artist’s Azorean roots.

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TURN THE TIDE: COURTNEY MATTISON

What's Your Story?

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is collecting stories that help paint the picture of Greater New Bedford. By lending your voice, you will help create the collective story of the community.

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LOOMINGS: Christopher Volpe

What's Happening

May 12

Local History Guild Virtual Lecture

On Zoom
6:00pm

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Curator of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer, for a conversation with author, historian, and whaling biographer, Paul Magid, and Martha’s Vineyard Museum Research Librarian, Bow Van Riper, for a lively conversation surrounding a bona fide American whaleman hero, Benjamin Clough. Follow along as each scholar discusses the events surrounding the mutiny on the ship Sharon of Fairhaven in 1842.

May 19

Sailing to Freedom Exhibition Opening and Lecture

In-Person and on Zoom
6:00 - 6:45pm: Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6:45 - 7:45pm: Lecture

Join Marcus Rediker, professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and Guest Curator at the Tate Britain Museum, as he discusses the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s exhibition, Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad. 

May 25

Community Forum: Campus Planning

In-Person and on Zoom
2:00pm

The New Bedford Whaling Museum has teamed up with Machado Silvetti Architects to explore areas for expansion and renovation. We want to hear from you! The team from Machado Silvetti will share insights to the project and invite attendees to voice their thoughts and feedback directly to the group.

May 25

119th Annual Members' Meeting

In-Person and On Zoom
4:00pm

Join us in-person or watch on Zoom as we welcome Museum Members to the 119th Annual Members' Meeting. Hear from our Featured Speaker, Matthew Fisher, the Principal of Night Kitchen Interactive, and our Keynote Speaker, Daniel H. Weiss, the President & CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exhibitions

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Coming Soon

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Online Exhibitions

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Current Exhibition

Whales Today

An exhibition dedicated to the science and behavior of whales, their cultural impact, the current threats to their survival, and empowering all to support conservation efforts.

Online ticketing is now our primary method of selling admission. We have maximum capacity caps in effect at the Museum and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Adventures at sea, science, history, art, cookbooks, kids' books, and more — the Museum store has something for all the book lovers on your list.

Choose from prints available at 1000 Museums, or request prints of artworks in our collection.

Shop all of our gifts. The Museum store has hundreds of items available, you're sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list!