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Help us support this spectacular national treasure by becoming a sponsor today.

Many long-time members recall the thrill of seeing sections of the Panorama hanging in the Museum decades ago. Now, thanks to a remarkable anonymous challenge gift from a Museum friend, our membership can fully participate in showcasing the entire Panorama for the first time in many years.

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 and appreciate the rich history of our region. Students from throughout the area will visit the original Panorama this summer and fall, an awe-inspiring experience that will surely resonate with them for the rest of their lives. For local residents, the Panorama will increase civic pride and create new cultural stewards of our global legacy. For visitors and tourists, it will raise the SouthCoast’s profile as an up-and-coming arts and culture destination.


How to Donate

Contact Sarah Budlong, Director of Development

» Donors of $1,000 or more to the Panorama project will be recognized as supporters on all donor lists and exhibition collateral.
» Donors of $100 or more will be recognized in the 2018 Annual Report.

Your gift will be matched 1:1, up to $25,000, through July 14.

We hope you become a partner in this historic endeavor. 

Just How BIG is the Panorama?

The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World by Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington is 1,275 feet long. That is ¼ acre of fabric!

panorama size graphic1 Panorama equals =

14 Blue Whales
17 Lagodas
28 School Buses

Compare the Panorama to:

  • The Empire State Building
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Statue of Liberty


A Spectacle in Motion Supporters*

The William M. Wood Foundation

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

Platinum Supporters
Hope & Ruth Atkinson
BayCoast Bank
Bristol County Savings Bank
Anonymous, 2 donors

Diamond Supporters
Nonnie & Rick Burnes
Bess Dawson Hughes & James Hughes

Gold Supporters
Marnie Ross Chardon & Marc Chardon

Silver Supporters
Alliance Bernstein
Bay State Wind
Ladera Foundation
Sylvia Group
Tina & Paul Schmid

Bronze Supporters 
Jessie W. & Llewellyn Howland III 

With significant support provided by the City of New Bedford, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service,  Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism,  and the Southeastern Massachusetts  Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

*As of May 10, 2018