Explore the region’s centuries-old relationship with the sea and the many people who contributed to its dynamic past and diverse present.

Once the whaling capital of the world, New Bedford is now America’s #1 commercial fishing port. Discover the largest Whaling Museum in the world, dedicated to the global interaction of humans and whales. Located in the heart of the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, the museum complex features five magnificent whale skeletons, a walk-on 1/2 scale ship model of the bark Lagoda and 22 galleries devoted to art, history and science.

Exhibitions

Explore what's on exhibit at the Museum.

Collections

The Museum has been collecting historic artifacts, documents, books, and photographs for over 100 years.  It is not surprising that our collections today is comprised of approximately ¾ million items.

Casa dos Botes Discovery Center

A new family-friendly interactive zone honoring the legacy and heritage of the Portuguese Community.

Library

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

Publications

The Bulletin, Whaling Museum publications and previews of upcoming books, Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches and Kendall Whaling Museum Publications.

Connect

Keep in touch with the Whaling Museum on our website and in your own online communities.

Collaborate

Collaborations between the Museum and other organizations.

Genealogy

Explore our databases of crewlists, photo collections and family papers.

Digital Scholarship

Learn more about digital projects at the Museum.

Cultural Communities

Many ethnic groups have made New Bedford home for more than 300 years.

Last modified: May 31, 2016