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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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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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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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What's Happening

Launch of Big blue pictures

Thursday, September 29

Let’s go to the movies! The New Bedford Whaling Museum is launching a new immersive theater experience on Thursday, September 29 that will complement the art, history, science and culture on view in our exhibits. These visually stunning 20-minute 3D movies offer a way to feel as if you are swimming with the whales!

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Women of the Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Thursday, September 29
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Celebrate International Underground Railroad Month with a walking tour through downtown New Bedford to learn about the ways that women supported freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. From housing fugitives to raising funds, women were central to providing safe harbor for men, women, and children escaping slavery. 

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2022 Manhattan film festival

Thursday, September 29
6:00 PM 

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is excited to bring the 25th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival to New Bedford again. Join more than 100,000 film lovers across 400 venues and six continents for the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it.

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Educator Night

Thursday, October 13 
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

This teacher centered event highlights the Museum’s new programs, hands-on activities, and other local organizations that can add learning and fun into your classroom. Join us as we feature music, drinks, games, and raffles underneath the Museum's iconic whale skeletons!

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Photo of Azorean Hills

MEMBERS' ONLY TRIP TO THE AZORES

June 21 - July 1, 2023

Due to popular demand, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is once again teaming up with Sagres Vacations to explore 3 of the Azorean islands June 2023! We are looking forward to experiencing the beautiful wonders of the Azores with you all!

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Rotating Exhibitions

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

Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibitions

Spend an hour or spend a day at the Museum. There is always something to discover.

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.

Permanent Gallery spotlight 

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!