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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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What's Happening

Educator Night

Thursday, October 13 
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

This teacher centered event highlights the Museum’s new programs, hands-on activities, and other local organizations that can add learning and fun into your classroom. Join us as we feature music, drinks, games, and raffles underneath the Museum's iconic whale skeletons!

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AHA! Night at the Museum

Thursday, October 13
4:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Explore all three floors of the New Bedford Whaling Museum until 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 13th for FREE. From the largest ship model in the world to displays of fine and decorative arts to five whale skeletons including the rare blue and northern right whale – there is always something new to discover at the New Bedford Whaling Museum!

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READING AMERICAN LANDSCAPES: ENVIRONMENTAL ALLUSIONS 

Thursday, October 27
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Chief Curator Naomi Slipp, as she discusses the museum’s recent exhibition, Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes.

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Photo of Azorean Hills

MEMBERS' TRIP TO THE AZORES

June 21 - July 1, 2023

Due to popular demand, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is once again teaming up with Sagres Vacations to explore 3 of the Azorean islands June 2023! We are looking forward to experiencing the beautiful wonders of the Azores with you all!

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Rotating Exhibitions

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

Exhibitions

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!