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.

Dive Deeper

TURN THE TIDE: COURTNEY MATTISON

Common Ground Mosaic Story Hour

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.

Share Your Story

LOOMINGS: Christopher Volpe

UNVARNISHED: Conservation of Charles Sidney Raleigh’s Panorama of a Whaling Voyage

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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What's Happening

January 26 - February 17

CELEBRATING WOMEN & WORK

LifeLong Learners are invited to join us for an 8-session program celebrating women’s work. Explore treasures in the Whaling Museum’s collection made by women, learn about women who “made it” in the traditional male-dominated workforce, and investigate women’s handiwork in the home.

February 17

HYBRID
Behind the Scenes: The New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection and Its Challenges
6:00pm - 8:00pm (EST)

Join Naomi Slipp, NBWM Chief Curator, and Jordan Berson, NBWM Director of Collections, for a roundtable discussion with Steven D. Lubar, Professor of American Studies, History, and History of Art & Architecture of Brown University, as they discuss the challenges and benefits of managing a large Museum collection.

March 8

HYBRID
Visualizing Climate Change Through the Fragile Beauty of Coral Reefs
6:00pm - 8:00pm (EST)

Hear from internationally recognized artist, Courtney Mattison, as she showcases her hand-crafted and intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works. Mattison will share the story of how she arrived at the intersection of art and science, creating monumental artwork for projects around the world aimed at inspiring hope, action, and community engagement.

January 12

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION
Members’ only trip to the Azores

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is teaming up with Sagres Vacations to explore 3 of the Azorean islands in September of 2022!

Exhibitions

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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 White Whale 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 White Whale has hundreds of items available, you're sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list!