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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 Supporters*

The William M. Wood Foundation

Title Supporters
The New York Community Trust – Wattles Family
Charitable Trust Fund, Recommended by Gurdon B. Wattles

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

Diamond Supporters
Butler’s Hole Fund, Recommended by Rick & Nonnie Burnes
Bess & Jim Hughes

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

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

Bronze Supporters 
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, 2 donors

Pewter Sponsors  
Anchor Capital Advisors LLC
Christina M. & Charles E. Bascom
John & Romayne Bockstoce
Civitects, P.C.
Ann & Richard Connolly
Vanessa & John Gralton
Jessie W. & Llewellyn Howland III
Betsy & Rusty Kellogg
William W. Kenney
Edith R. Lauderdale
Susan & Anthony Morris
Sloan & Wick Simmons
Charles Smiler
Fredi & Howard Stevenson
Ulla & Paul Sullivan
Sigrid & Ladd Thorne
Grace & David A. Wyss
Ann & Hans Ziegler

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 Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission; and the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau.

*As of August 31, 2018