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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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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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Portuguese & Lusophone-World Lecture Series: John Dos Passos

Thursday, December 1 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Assistant professor at the University of Madeira in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Bernardo de Vasconcelos, will speak upon the importance of John Dos Passos and his work, and the inherent and binding transatlantic connection. Currently on a mobility program as Coordinator of the John Dos Passos Cultural Center, Bernardo aims his efforts at raising awareness, as well as his goal to strengthen ties with all institutions, namely American, through the Center.

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Black in business: holiday market

Saturday, December 3| 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Buy Black NB is partnering with Downtown New Bedford Inc. and the New Bedford Whaling Museum to host a festive vendor market during Downtown New Bedford's annual Holiday Stroll. Featuring free performances, live music, children's entertainment, a photo opportunity with Black Santa, and handmade goods from local black-owned businesses - this is an event not to miss!

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Saturday, December 3 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Enjoy walking down a small wooden boardwalk through a marsh to a beach with a view of upper portions of Buzzards Bay and a view over to Cromesett Point in Wareham. This program is part of a series of walking tours exploring our surrounding landscapes with Sippican Lands Trust.

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Join us as we gather in the Whaling Museum for the 27th anniversary of the annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. An experience you don’t want to miss, you’ll relive the famous, action-packed narrative and transport back in time on the search for the elusive white whale. Additional programs will take place throughout the weekend and we will be streaming the reading the entire weekend for those that can’t join us in-person.

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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.

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!