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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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Winter Hours & #MDM23

Winter Hours Have Started, we are now closed on Mondays.

January - March:
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 am -4:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday: Closed

Best Marathon Ever!

Thank you for participating in the Moby Dick Marathon, It's great to be back in-person!



Photo by: John Robson

A drawing of a polar bear walking on a tightrope. There are ice caps in the water in the background.



This exhibition showcases a cross-section of extraordinary artworks in order to reveal and explore humankind’s fascination with and relationship towards this vaunted and elusive species.

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An ultrawide painting of a sunset nature scene on a river. There is text that reads: "Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes. October 28, 2022 - May 14, 2023. Wattles Jacobs Gallery, Lower Level.


Go beyond the frame and explore the many meanings of the American landscape, both historically to nineteenth-century viewers and today for twenty-first century audiences.

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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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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


Thursday, February 9 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Say "Forever Yours" at the New Bedford Whaling Museum with a color-your-own greeting card based on a Sailor's Valentine!  Featuring small seashells arranged in a symmetrical pattern, Sailor's Valentines were a popular 19th-century souvenir for sailors to give their sweethearts left on shore. Come color and then explore for FREE the New Bedford Whaling Museum's first floor including our temporary exhibition, Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes.

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A graphic for an event labeled "Arctic Tale". It depicts a mother polar bear interacting with her young cub. There are polygonal ice caps in the background.

Arctic Tale: Movie Time & Craft

Saturday, February 18 | 9:30 am

Calling all families - Come and join fellow explorers as we tour the icy winter wonderland of the Arctic this February School Vacation at the New Bedford Whaling Museum! Experience the adventures of an unlikely pair, a polar bear cub named Nanu and a young walrus named Seela, as they grow up in their frozen homeland. This showing of Arctic Tale highlights the everyday lives of these creatures as well as the challenges they face due to climate change.

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An image of a child looking up and to the right at a woman who is talking to them. There is text that reads "New Bedford Whaling Museum. February Vacation Week! Activities every day 9:30 - 11:30 AM. February 20th to February 24th. www.whalingmuseum.org

February Vacation Week

Monday - Friday, February 20-24 | 9:30 - 11:30 am

During the vacation weekdays we will have a variety of Arctic activities from 9:30-11:30 each morning (Monday-Friday).  Examples include crafts, take home activity sheets, a trivia game based on clues put up around the Jacobs Family Gallery (Our Whales Today Gallery), we will connect to the live camera in the San Diego Zoo Polar Bear habitat, and we will do a reading of the book ‘Recess at 20 Below’ by Cindy Lou Aillaud

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Thursday, March 9 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm

For the fifth year in a row, young artists in grades 4 through 12 are being invited to create original artworks inspired by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoastThis year, youth are encouraged to highlight the accomplishments and stories of women of color featured on the Lighting the Way website. The artworks will be exhibited at the New Bedford Whaling Museum March 7 - 25th to celebrate Women’s History Month.  A special opening event will take place Thursday, March 9,  5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Harborview Gallery. The opening event is part of  AHA! Night and is free and open to the public.

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Rotating Exhibitions

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


Permanent Exhibitions

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

Heat Waves

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!