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Harbor Lights Benefit

Save the Date | July 13, 2024 | Limited tickets still available  

Join us for an exciting new format this year! Guests will enjoy stunning views of New Bedford Harbor and a rooftop raw bar while sipping summer cocktails and sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres. Following a program and live auction, the reception expands to the Mezzanine of the Bourne Building for small plates and passed desserts all on the same level.

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The Wider World & Scrimshaw takes the Museum’s scrimshaw collection (objects carved by whalers on the byproducts of marine mammals) and places it in conversation with carved decorative arts and material culture made by Indigenous community members from across the Pacific and Arctic.

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BREACH is an ongoing exploration of the historical and contemporary ties between place, community, whales, and the maritime environment. The various iterations of the project, created for individual institutions and settings, investigate the multiple definitions of the term “breach.”

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A photograph of a highly saturated coral reef with schools of fish swimming in the foreground and background. There is text in the middle that reads "Big blue pictures."

New 3D Theater Experience

Big Blue Pictures, a new immersive 3D theater experience at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, is the first and only 3D theater on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts.

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Free Bloomberg Connects Guide App

Take your visit to the next level with our Bloomberg Connects digital guide featuring audio tours, item descriptions, deeper insights, and more! Available in more than 30 languages, and features over 300 museums.


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Upcoming Programs

Harbor Lights Benefit

July 13, 2024

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting our annual summer fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, July 13th. Mark your calendars to join us to celebrate the season and support Museum programming and educational initiatives.

One with the Whale, a documentary film

August 1, 2024

ONE WITH THE WHALE is a thrilling yet heartwarming story of one family’s struggle to rebuild their shattered identities and find a way to live with Ancient Indigenous values in the fast-paced, cruel modern world.

First Fridays | Americana & Celtic Music

August 2, 2024

Back by popular demand, Aoife Clancy and Eddie Dillion will return to the music with Celtic and Americana music.

“Stories Lead us Home”: Short Films from the Pacific to the Arctic  

September 6, 2024

“Stories Lead us Home” is a series of short films presented in conversation with the Wider World and Scrimshaw exhibition, on view at the Whaling Museum from June 14 to November 11, 2024.



Online ticketing is now our primary method of selling admission. Discounted admission tickets can only be purchased onsite.

Museum & 3D Movie Price
Adults $27
Seniors (65+) $25
Youth $17
Museum Members $4


Museum Only Price
Adults $23
Senior (65+) $21
Youth $13
Museum Members FREE


Become a Member

Members enjoy free admission year-round and many other benefits. Before you purchase your admission ticket, CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER!

Extend Your Admission

Bundle your visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum with admission to either the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum or the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center to save at both attractions. Buy or learn more at our Admission Desk.

Plan your visit using the Museum's Visitors Guide (also available in Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish).

Download the Bloomberg Connects app for our gallery guide including audio, images, video, and an interactive map.


Museum Store

Online ticketing is now our primary method of selling admission.

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!