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The Dr. Gilbert and Frima Shapiro Gallery
A permanent new exhibition space featuring New England Fine and Decorative Arts, including the Museum’s Pairpoint and Mount Washington Glass Collections.
Highlights of the Museum’s exceptional collection of fine and decorative arts, navigational instruments, ship models, artifacts, manuscripts, and maps from around the world.
Energy and Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford
Focusing on the people, products, and infrastructures behind the rhythmic rises and falls of an industrial city.
Favorite pieces from the Museum's ceramics collection, representing various techniques and ranging from the fine and decorative arts.
Around the World and Back Again: New Bedford Artists Abroad
From the mosques of the Middle East to the Roman Forum, see the world as 19th century New Bedford did: through the eyes of its artists.
Harboring Hope in Old Dartmouth: 1602-1827
This exhibition contextualizes the story of yankee whaling within the larger scope of Old Dartmouth history and the evolution of the port city of New Bedford.
From the upper deck of the Museum you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the local fishing fleet. Come imagine yourself at the local fishery in the past, present, and future.
“Go a whaling I must, and I would": Life Aboard a New Bedford Whaling Vessel
This exhibition highlights the men, matériel and activities aboard a whaling vessel.
A Voyage Around the World: Cultures Abroad, Cultures at Home
Grab your passport and experience the diversity of cultures encountered by whalers as they travel the world.
Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the Whalers
A sumptuous exhibition of the best, most representative, and most compelling curiosities of our vast scrimshaw holdings.
Cuffe Kitchen & Park
A multi-media experience about prominent merchant, philanthropist, community leader, civil rights advocate and abolitionist Captain Paul Cuffe (1759 - 1817).
Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibit
Connections between New Bedford and Cape Verde, the unique characteristics of Cape Verdean culture, and the special legacy of that culture and history here in New Bedford.
The story of human interactions with whales would be incomplete without discussing today's scientific work.
Climb aboard an 89-foot, half-scale model of the Bark Lagoda, built inside the Bourne Building in 1915.
From Pursuit to Preservation: The History of Human Interaction with Whales
Explores the human fascination with whales and the history of whaling.
Harpoons and Whalecraft
The full spectrum of whaling weaponry devised in the 19th century, from classic harpoons to massive guns, providing new insight into the greatest big-game hunt ever pursued by man.