Collections Search

The Online Collections Search modules operate independently of one another. The New Bedford Whaling Museum strives to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all information provided. The collections represented by these databases will forever be a work in progress.  Therefore they are provided “as is” with the understanding that data may change at any time. Please forward any comments or questions to, we would be happy to hear from you.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum charges licensing fees for commercial use of materials provided. Some of our collections are currently covered by copyright law, and some are in the public domain. 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 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.

Last modified: October 26, 2016