New Docent Tours: To Catch a Whale
Alternate Saturdays – 2 pm  Docents share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. Schedule is posted on the calendar. Tours leave from the front desk.

Highlights Tours
Tuesday through Friday – 11 am
Docents led 45-60 minute highlights tours of the Museum. Tours leave from the front desk.

Curator Tours
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2 pm
45 minute tours of exhibition galleries with Senior Maritime Historian, Michael P. Dyer, offering an in-depth look at the human interaction with whales including the arts and culture of whaling around the world, scrimshaw, paintings, Yankee whaling implements, Purrington and Russell’s Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World, and an introductory overview of the North Atlantic right whale as an at-risk species. Tours leave from the front desk.

Free with Museum admission. Regular rates apply.

Current Exhibitions

Spend an hour, spend a day or more. There is always something to see at the Museum.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Plan ahead, we do!

Traveling Exhibitions

Extending beyond the New Bedford Whaling Museum walls.

Online Exhibitions

Always open, museum without walls.


On display throughout the Museum campus, on the plaza, in the Jacobs Gallery and from the San Francisco Room deck.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibition archive, occasionally adding new content.

Last modified: February 9, 2017