Complete Museum Audio Tours
An introduction to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
This exhibition is dedicated to the science and behavior of whales, their cultural impact, the current threats to their survival, and empowering all to support conservation efforts. Explore whale anatomy through skeletons, life-sized models, and natural history artifacts.
The Museum hosts the largest collection of digital recordings of marine mammals – the Watkins and Schevill Collection of Bioacoustics. Explore the groundbreaking research of these two pioneer scientists that continues to inform conservation efforts today. Learn about the current threats to the survival of marine mammals and what you can to do help preserve these magnificent mammals.
Some cultures hunt whales for food, some for commercial products. Whaling cultures are never simple. Some cultures view the whale as a benevolent brother, others view the whale as the ultimate foe, and still others see whales simply as commodities. Explore the diverse species of whales, tools of the trade, uses of whale products and whale mythologies in the diverse cultures across the globe.
This exhibition celebrates the fine and decorative arts of New England, particularly in the innovative and unique designs of leading regional artists and craftsmen from the turn of the last century.
This exhibition explores the region of Old Dartmouth from the landing of Bartholomew Gosnold to the dominance of New Bedford in the whaling industry, and explores key themes that continue to resonate today.
Focusing on the people, products, and infrastructures behind the rhythmic rises and falls of an industrial city, this story reflects not only New Bedford’s past but a larger national narrative that resonates with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Learn more about the best, most representative, and most compelling curiosities of our vast scrimshaw holdings.
Themes explored include Cuffe’s African and Native American ancestry, his descendants, Cuffe’s life, work, and achievements, and his relationship with other prominent individuals.
History of the Museum, Bourne Building and Lagoda, the ship’s rigging, hull, foredeck, and more!
The Azorean Whaleman Gallery is the only permanent exhibition space in the United States that honors the Portuguese people and their significant contributions to this country’s maritime heritage.
This exhibition explores the Republic of Cape Verde, its people, maritime history, connections to New England, and the legacies that continue to tie New Bedford and its culture to Cape Verde.