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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.

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 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