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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 Programs

Cardboard Harbor

April 14, 2024 - April 20, 2024

Get ready to become a master architect and help us construct New Bedford’s harbor using only cardboard! From towering buildings to fascinating boats to sea creatures underwater, let your imagination and cardboard creations transform our Harbor View Gallery into a vibrant mini-version of the city we all know and love.

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New Bedford Film Festival

April 18, 2024

Opening Night of the inaugural New Bedford Film Festival. showcasing a short documentary and trailers for locally shot projects. Get a glimpse of the talent for this year’s festival as organizers present awards for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Wardrobe, Best Production Design, Best Original Score and Best Public Service Announcement.

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The Portuguese & Lusophone-world Lecture Series | 50th Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Duncan Simpson, PhD presents a lecture on “Portuguese Society and Salazar’s Political Police (PIDE) Before and After the Revolution of 25 April 1974.” The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and lite reception.

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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 Exhibitions

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 Exhibitions

Get a 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.

Museum Store

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!