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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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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 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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What's Happening

Monday, August 8

9:00am - 5:00pm

Admission to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on August 8, 2022 is free all day thanks to Highland Street Foundation and August Adventures! Marvel at five massive whale skeletons, explore the world’s largest ship model (Lagoda), and enjoy works by internationally known artists and regional talents. We strongly recommend that you reserve your free entry ticket ahead of time for this special day.

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July 11 - August 22

New videos online every Monday
In-person activities every Wednesday from 10:00 - 2:00pm

This weekly NBWM summer series explores marine creatures, their interesting features, and explains how we can help our underwater friends. This year, we also recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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July 7 - August 25

Every Thursday in July & August
2:30 - 3:30pm

Introducing our Lighting the Way to Justice Walking Tours! Join educators from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and NBWM to explore New Bedford through the stories of women who fought for Justice.

Starting July 7th, these free 1-hour tours will begin at the NBWM plaza every Thursday at 2:30pm and end at the Friends Meeting House.

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Exhibitions

On View

Check out what's on view right now at the Museum.

Coming Soon

The Museum is always working on the next big exhibit to bring to our guests. Get a sneak peek at what we're creating for you.

Online Exhibitions

Browse our online exhibit collection anywhere you have internet access

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!