Regional History - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Regional History

Evolution of Old Dartmouth

The village of Old Dartmouth grew into the “Whaling Capital of the World”.  New Bedford transformed to an  industrial manufacturing mecca.

Cultural Communities

New Bedford has been a major destination for immigrants, a city shaped by the diversity of its residents.

New Bedford Artists

Artists and artisans have been present in New Bedford since the eighteenth century, their work often reflecting changes in the life ...

Timeline: 1602 to Present

Historical milestones of Old Dartmouth and New Bedford, beginning in 1602.

Waterfront and Trade

Learn about the seafaring trades that made New Bedford into an important destination. See how the wharves were built along the city’s waterfront.