Rotating Exhibitions - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Rotating Exhibitions

Wider World & Scrimshaw

June 14, 2024

November 11, 2024

The Wider World & Scrimshaw takes the Museum’s scrimshaw collection (objects carved by whalers on the byproducts of marine mammals) and places it in conversation with carved decorative arts and material culture made by Indigenous community members from across the Pacific and Arctic.

BREACH: Logbook 24 | Scrimshaw

June 14, 2024

November 3, 2024

Courtney M. Leonard’s BREACH project is an ongoing exploration of the historical and contemporary ties between place, community, whales, and the maritime environment. The various iterations of the project, created for individual institutions and settings, investigate the multiple definitions of the term “breach.”


April 26, 2024

October 27, 2024

Reflections is an exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on water’s role in labor and leisure. Photographs in the exhibition will provoke questions about how and when we take time to reflect, and the water’s particular ability to hush or heighten one’s internal state.

All Hands

September 1, 2023

September 8, 2024

Museum Curator of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer explores the deep cultural connections between American whaling and the U.S. Navy in the 19th century up to the First World War.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum proudly celebrates and showcases talented regional artists. The exhibition is located on the first floor of the Museum. This area is accessible for free, no admission required.

Marnie Sinclair (b. 1945) is a process artist and environmental activist who often uses her art to visually express the many complicated issues that surround climate change and ocean pollution.