A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World


Watch a 2-minute video introducing A Spectacle in Motion (on Vimeo).

PANO the original exhibit - view of one expansive rollTHE ORIGINAL

Set amidst an historic mill in New Bedford, this is the first time in generations that the entire Panorama can be seen by the public.



graphic of the Panorama in a stage settingTHE EXPERIENCE

While the Museum exhibits the Panorama at the Kilburn Mill, visitors will be able to stand on the bow of the model whaleship, the Lagoda, and watch the Panorama scroll by in a large digital format projected within a full theatrical setting.


Support A Spectacle in Motion

Your gift will support the Museum’s ability to provide free access to the original Panorama for all audiences, so that new generations can learn about the rich history of our region.



PANO digital ProjectOnline Digital Version

This interactive has been designed to expand access to the Panorama and to supplement both Spectacle in Motion exhibitions; The Original at Kilburn Mill and The Experience at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. While it will work on a phone or tablet it has been optimized for desktop viewing. 


detail from the PanoramaAudio Tour

Dive deeper into the scenes and stories told throughout the Panorama with the free audio tour. 



book cover of A Spectacle in MotionTwo-volume Museum publication

This two-volume publication dives into the detail and narrative of the Panorama and allows people to quite literally hold the entire artwork in the palm of their hands. 



detail from PanoramaLecture Series

Join museum curators as they present a series of lectures surrounding the opening of A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.



crankie exampleCrankie Making Workshop

Make and take home your own miniature moving panorama called a crankie! For children 6+ (and adults too), no art skills required!



Tastes of the Panorama

At this inaugural event, enjoy fine fare and spirited sounds inspired by exotic locations including the Azores, Brazil, Polynesia, and the boundless sea.



detail of newspaper articleMedia Coverage

Recent media coverage including everything related to the Panorama.




A Spectacle in Motion Sponsors*

The William M. Wood Foundation

Title Sponsor
The New York Community Trust – Wattles Family Charitable Trust Fund

Platinum Sponsors
Ruth & Hope Atkinson
BayCoast Bank
Bristol County Savings Bank
Cynthia & Douglas Crocker II
Carol M. Taylor & John H. Deknatel
Nye Lubricants

Diamond Sponsors
Butler’s Hole Fund – Recommended by Rick & Nonnie Burnes
Bess & Jim Hughes

Gold Sponsors
Amy & Andy Burnes
The Chardon Family
Faith & Dick Morningstar

Silver Sponsors
Bay State Wind
Eastern Fisheries
Tally & John Garfield
Island Foundation
Joseph Abboud Manufacturing
Mary Myers Kauppila & Keith W. Kauppila
Ladera Foundation
Sharon Lewis – AB Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Tina & Paul Schmid
Sylvia Group

Bronze Sponsors 
Jewelle & Nathaniel Bickford
Boston Marine Society
The Castelo Group
Ruth B. Ekstrom
Barbara & Paul J. Ferri
Constance & Stanley Grayson
Randy Harris
Lang, Xifaras & Bullard
Page Building Construction Co.
Anonymous, 1 donor

Pewter Sponsors
Anchor Capital Advisors LLC
John & Romayne Bockstoce
Jessie W. & Llewellyn Howland III
William W. Kenney
Edith R. Lauderdale
Sloan & Wick Simmons
Charles Smiler
Fredi & Howard Stevenson
Ulla & Paul Sullivan
Grace & David A. Wyss

Major support for the conservation and digitization of the Panorama was provided by the Arcadia Charitable Trust, The Henry P. Kendall Foundation, National Park Service – in cooperation with the staff of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the Stockman Family Foundation Trust.

A Spectacle in Motion received significant support from the City of New Bedford; Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; National Endowment for the Humanities; National Maritime Heritage Grant program, administered by the National Park Ser-vice, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission; and the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau.

*As of July 14, 2018