Inside Out!

A Series of Rotating Outdoor Exhibitions

Inside Out!

Museum Plaza

Opened: August 6, 2020

Closed: October 15, 2020

The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science, and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region, and an international seaport.

Our galleries have been host to many dynamic exhibitions throughout the years and we have been honored to share our Collections and the stories they tell with visitors from near and far.

In this outdoor exhibition series, we aimed to bring you a selection of photographs representing a sampling of the stories presented within our walls. While the Museum campus, at the time, was open Wednesdays through Sundays, and we encouraged you to come inside, this free series was available every day for all to enjoy outside.

With each two-week exhibition, we hosted a virtual talk with the curator.

Inside Out! Youth Voices for the Ocean

August 6 – August 19, 2020
Museum Plaza

These powerful pieces by young artists expose what is happening to our ocean; reflect on what it means to be a human in the 21st century; discover and advocate for solutions on personal and planetary scales; and inspire a culture of respect and action for all life on this blue planet.

Inside Out! A Moment in Time

September 3 – September 16, 2020 
Museum Plaza

This exhibition showcased a selection of photographs from the Whaling Museum’s photo archive. Many of the photos were from the Prescott collection, which show moments in time that were memorable and important to the Prescott family.

Inside Out! The River and the Rail: The Industrial Evolution of the Port of New Bedford

September 17 – September 30, 2020
Museum Plaza

This exhibition used photography to document how the seaport of New Bedford adapted to new industries in the second half of the 1800s.

Inside Out! The First Hundred Years: Evolution of a Museum

October 1 – October 14, 2020
Museum Plaza

This exhibition took us through a photographic journey showing how the Museum has changed and adapted since 1903.

Inside Out! A City of Immigrants: The Standard Times Collection

August 20 – September 2, 2020
Museum Plaza

New Bedford is an extraordinary place of infinite possibilities where different paths from around the world have intersected and defined the city’s character.