A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art

New Bedford native Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917) comes home in a once-in-a-generation exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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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.

Dive Deeper

Common Ground Mosaic Story Hour

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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Arctic Passages

The Photographs of John Bockstoce and his Arctic Journey. Through his photographs, join John Bockstoce and Inupiaq hunters and experience his own narration of small-boat journeys through the Arctic.

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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 Happening

October 21 - November 4, 2021

CALL FOR READERS

Sign up for your chance to be one of our Moby-Dick Marathon 2022 readers. People selected by random draw will record their reading from home prior to the marathon.

Sunday, October 24

Kids and Canvas

Unleash your creativity at a fun, no-experience-needed painting class just for kids.

Ongoing

COMMON GROUND: A Community Mosaic
What's Your Story?

Collecting and sharing stories of the community. SHARE YOUR STORY!

January 7-9, 2022

VIRTUAL

One of the world’s best known live readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel Moby-Dick takes place every January at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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 White Whale 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 White Whale has hundreds of items available, you're sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list!