Upcoming Exhibitions - New Bedford Whaling Museum
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Upcoming Exhibitions

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Upcoming Exhibitions


June 1, 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.”

Wider World and 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.


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.

New Bedford in the 1800s

March 30, 2024

April 19, 2024

At Our Sisters’ School (OSS), the sixth grade integrated humanities and arts unit “New Bedford in the 1800s” hinges on the essential questions: What was happening in the US and in New Bedford during the 1800s? How has history and the environment shaped our community? How does art connect to our world and beyond?