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Collections Search

Search objects, library holdings, and photographs in the online database.

Collections Search

The New Bedford Whaling Museum strives to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all information provided. This online database is directly linked to the Museum’s collections management software, updates to it are automatically reflected here.

Search objects, library holdings, and photographs in the New Bedford Museum's online database.

This module is provided “as is” with the understanding that data is updated constantly. Please forward any comments or questions to

Database Search Tips

  • Use * to truncate and search forms of a word: Fish* = fish, fisheries, fishing, etc.
  • Use * at the beginning of a term as well for a wild card: *house = firehouse, wheelhouse, etc.
  • Enter words or phrases followed by AND, NOT, TO or OR grouped logically by parentheses: (A OR B) AND (C TO D) NOT E

Licensing Fees and Copyright Law

The New Bedford Whaling Museum charges licensing fees for commercial use of materials provided. If you have questions about licensing materials for commercial use please contact the Museum’s Photo Archive and/or download and submit our Permissions Application.

Search Collections

Globally search the Museum's collection of objects, library holdings and photographs. Need to refine your search? Advanced search options and tips can be found here.

Search Objects

Fine and decorative art; folk art; domestic artifacts, technology and industry artifacts; ethnographic materials, clothing and textiles, the world’s largest ship model.

Search Library

The library holdings consist of 18,000 published titles in ten languages documenting American and international whaling history, voyages and travels, exploration, natural and  local history.

Search Photographs

From daguerreotypes to digital, more than 200,000 original  images.