Research Resources - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Research Topics and Resources

Reading & Research Room

The Museum is pleased to offer on-site access to collections for researchers, students, and community members by appointment.

Open only by appointment
Thursday, 10-12; 1-4pm
Friday, 9-1pm


  • Appointment scheduling is based on availability.
  • Requests must be placed two weeks in advance.
  • Researchers should consult our online catalogs, finding aids, and digital holdings to identify the available resources they wish to see in person.
  • The Reading & Research Room is closed on major holidays and staff vacations.
  • Please bear in mind that some collections are restricted for research.

Use this form to request an appointment.

Questions can be directed to: