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2024 Members' Trip

Join Chief Curator Naomi Slipp on a New Bedford Whaling Museum Members’ Exclusive Trip to Alaska. Enjoy unique insight and access to Alaskan Indigenous art, whaling history, and cultural traditions with stops in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage and Utqiagvik (Barrow).


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Framing the Domestic Sea: photographs by Jeffery C. Becton presents a new body of work by this celebrated Maine artist. His digital photographic collages are surreal and panoramic in scope. The layered visual images evoke the past, New England’s varied histories, the maritime world, and contemporary environmental concerns.

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The Stars that Guide Us, created by artist Roy Rossow. The paintings created address New Bedford’s working waterfront, contemporary maritime trade and activities, and historic celestial navigation.

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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 Events


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

This Valentine’s Day, bring your valentine, galantine or palentine – as you wish – for a fun movie party, featuring themed drinks and food.

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World Whale Day | In the Whale Film

Sunday, February 18, 2024

IN THE WHALE is an award-winning feature-length film about arguably the greatest fish story ever told, though this one is true. It’s the account of a man who survived to tell the tale of being swallowed by a whale, and what happened after he was spit out.

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Captain Paul Cuffe Week

Monday, February 19 - Friday, Feburary 23, 2024

Let your creativity set sail as we celebrate a remarkable figure in American history! Join us during February School Vacation Week for a hands-on exploration of the remarkable life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe. Cuffe was a seafarer, entrepreneur, educator, and visionary who became one of the wealthiest men of color in the nation.

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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.


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Rotating Exhibitions

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


Permanent Exhibitons

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

Jeffery C. Becton (American; b. 1947), Blue Calm, 2014. Photomontage on aluminum, 42 x 75 inches, image courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Exhibitons

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.

photograph of crewmen at work aboard the bark Sunbeam in 1904

Traveling Exhibitions

Extended beyond the New Bedford Whaling Museum walls.

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!