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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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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.

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A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art

By Christina Connett Brophy, PhD, Elizabeth Broun, PhD, and William C. Agee. This long-overdue new look at the life and work of beloved painter Albert Pinkham Ryder explores the powerful and enduring directions he forged for generations of American modernists.

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Arctic Passages

The Photographs of John Bockstoce and his Arctic Journey. Through his photographs, join John Bockstoce and Inupiaq hunters and experience his own narration of small-boat journeys through the Arctic.


August Adventures

Monday, August 8, 2021

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What's Happening

Monday, August 9, 2021

Free Admission
This is the Highland Foundation’s AUGUST ADVENTURE day. Admission is free and we are offering special Creature Feature programming! Advance timed-entry reservations (FREE) are strongly recommended.

Runs July and August

Creature Feature
Explore amazing marine mammals online and in-person this summer during Creature Feature, the Whaling Museum’s weekly video and activity series. Each week, we’ll explore a different creature and learn how we can help our underwater friends.

July 29, 2021

A Poetic Vision
Explore Ryder’s imagination and vision through his poetry, the poetry of others, and the poetic themes in Ryder’s paintings, during A Poetic Vision, a two-part virtual program.

July 31, 2021

Picnic on the Hill
Gather your pod under the tent in Paul Cuffe Park on Johnny Cake Hill for Picnic on the Hill. Celebrate summer, relax, reconnect and enjoy haute picnic foods, cocktails, live music, and conversation. At-home Picnic-on-the-Go option available.

August 6, 2021

Canvas and Cocktails
Enjoy an exclusive exhibition viewing, then unwind with a signature cocktail while you paint your own masterpiece.

August 7, 2021

Kids and Canvas
Unleash your creativity at a fun, no-experience-needed painting class just for kids

August 12, 2021

Deadline to Submit
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is seeking recorded submissions of spoken poems, recited by the authors, that draw inspiration from the visual art and writings of Albert Pinkham Ryder.


COMMON GROUND: A Community Mosaic
What's Your Story?

Collecting and sharing stories of the community. SHARE YOUR STORY!


Who is Pinky? What Does Albert Pinkham Ryder Mean to You?
Whether you know Ryder's work or not; whether he has had a marked influence on you, or you are encountering Ryder for the first time in A Wild Note of Longing, send us your video, written, or audio response.


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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!