Collaborations and Community - New Bedford Whaling Museum


10 Million Names is dedicated to recovering the names of the estimated ten million men, women, and children of African descent who were enslaved in pre- and post-colonial America (specifically, the territory that would become the United States) between the 1500s and 1865. 10 Million Names is engaging a collaborative network of expert genealogists, cultural organizations, and community-based family historians.

Established on November 12, 1996, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park serves as a model for collaborative partnerships in the National Park Service. Located in the urban setting of downtown New Bedford that spans over 13 city blocks, the park and its partners preserve, protect, and interpret the cultural resources associated with the history of 19th-20th century whaling industry.

The Melville Society is a community of academics and general readers devoted to the study and appreciation of the works, life, and influence of the author Herman Melville. Founded in 1945, it is one of the nation’s oldest, continuously active single-author societies. Since 1990, the Society has expanded its scope, membership, and outreach to advance the reading and enjoyment of Melville’s works in all levels of education, in fine arts, and popular culture, worldwide.

Whaling History is a data-driven website useful to a wide range of people, from family historians searching for ancestors, to scholars of the whaling industry, to teachers and their students. The Whaling History website is a collaboration between Mystic Seaport Museum and New Bedford Whaling Museum.

This app is your gateway to the Museum's highlights and incredible stories, all at your fingertips. It's free to download in both the Apple and Android stores. With this app you can seamlessly embark on a highlights tour, hear expert insights, and view Museum artifacts.

Deepening Community Connections

The New Bedford Whaling Museum continues to deepen its commitment to actively foster wider community engagement through collaborations that are reflective of our richly diverse cultural landscape. New and ongoing collaborators include the following organizations and institutions:

  • 3rd EyE Unlimited
  • AHA! New Bedford
  • Alma del Mar Charter School
  • ArtWeek SouthCoast
  • Atlantic Sea Farms
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Break the Anchor | CineMAR
  • Brown University’s Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Buy Black NB
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
  • Cape Verdean Recognition Committee
  • City of New Bedford
  • Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford
  • Culture*Park
  • Dartmouth Historical and Art Society
  • Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
  • Dennison Memorial Community Center
  • Descendants of Whaling Masters
  • Downtown New Bedford, Inc.
  • FABRICS Art Festival
  • Governor Healey's Advisory Council on Black Empowerment
  • Grace Church
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Inter-Church Council of New Bedford
  • Leadership Southcoast
  • Maria’s Portuguese Table
  • Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Martha’s Vineyard Museum
  • Massachusetts Coastal Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Melville Society
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • New Bedford Art Museum
  • New Bedford Creative
  • New Bedford Economic Development Council
  • New Bedford Film Society
  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
  • New Bedford Food Tours
  • New Bedford Historical Society
  • New Bedford Police Department
  • New Bedford Public Library
  • New Bedford Public Schools
  • New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • New Bedford YMCA
  • New York Yacht Club
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Our Sisters' School
  • Queer Arts Council of New Bedford
  • Rotch-Jones Duff House & Gardens
  • Sippican Lands Trust
  • Sound Explorations
  • SouthCoast Community Foundation
  • South Coast LGBTQ+ Network
  • SouthCoast Film Forum
  • Tomaquag Museum
  • United States Naval War College
  • United States Navy
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture
  • Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation Office
  • Westport Land Conservation Trust
  • Women’s Fund SouthCoast
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • World Wildlife Fund - US