- Digital Scholarship
- NRP Sagres Visit
- Beginner's Drawing Class
- Summer 2015 Family Programs
- Free Fun Fridays
- New Bedford Mansions Book Launch
- July Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS!
- Jewelry Trunk Show & Lecture
- Over the Top Gala
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series
- The GAEA Summit
- Annual Family Activities
- Community Programs
- Annual Events
- Moby-Dick Marathon
- Past Programs
What People are Saying
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A whale of a museum experience – not to be missed
Reviewed July 1, 2015
"This is perhaps the most thoughtfully and thoroughly curated museum you will attend.
Fossils, ship models, dioramas, timelines, maps and manuscripts, electronic displays, period clothing, historic implements and interactive elements serve to integrate the story of whaling within the context of history, commerce, geo-politics and the growth of the New World. While grated from others and grown in New Bedford the story of whaling reaches the Azores to the south Pacific and back and the New Bedford Whaling Museum delivers the most complete trip across a knowledge spectrum as a museum is able.
The facility encourages meandering and behind the next door is an exhibit unlike the previous. Growth is in the cards as an adjacent building in under reconstruction for expansion. Don’t miss the second floor outside deck with the 'postcard view' of the New Bedford Harbor, unchanged for the past 100 years.
A gift shop, auditorium and event space completes the scene of an ideal facility."
What a gem!
Reviewed June 7, 2015
"I have to admit that my main reason to stop at this museum was to get another stamp for National Parks Passport book. I figured we were driving near there, why not? Boy, am I glad we stopped. The exhibits are incredibly interesting (three full-size whale skeletons hanging from the ceiling!) and some wonderful saying/sea artwork. My husband is much more into the lore of 19th century sailing and commerce (including whaling), and I practically had to drag him out of the museum at closing time. Not only is this gem worth your while if you are in the area, it is worth an out-of-the-way stop if you aren't in the immediate area."
One of the Best
Reviewed May 19, 2015
"This is one of, if not the best whaling museums in the country. This is the city where it all happened. Learn why New Bedford is "The City That Lit the World". Make sure to watch all the films that run on a loop. It's a little long at 40 some odd minutes, but it will make the trip more interesting and help you understand more of what you see in the museum."
No Question, Great Place to Stop
Reviewed April 5, 2015
"Just about everything is good about this museum – not too big or too small, good displays, nice volunteers. Came to see the NCECA sculptures but was drawn into all the other displays. I had no prior interest but they are very well done. The scrimshaw are fascinating and the large boat model quite enjoyable. But the whale skeletons alone make the stop worth it."
One of a kind in America
Reviewed March 24, 2015
"I have been going to the New Bedford Whaling Museum since I was a kid and it has only gotten better over time. There is so much to see and so much to learn and the exhibits change regularly. It is the gem of New Bedford!"
Awesome Displays of the Whaling Industry. Family Friendly
Reviewed March 14, 2015
"Able to browse at a leisure pace. Lots of educational items for kid and adults alike. Should allow at least a couple of hours to do justice with exhibits. The overhead hanging of whale skeletons are a sight to see, and remember! "
A Master Class in Whaling History
Reviewed January 9, 2015
“The history of whaling comes alive with a 1/2 scale model of a whaling ship, art, photos and memorabilia from whalers, and a retrospective view of the importance and impacts of the whaling industry. Yes, protection and preservation are represented as well. You'll see scale models of whales, boats, equipment and learn the stories of the people who held this challenging profession. Did you know that many runaway slaves worked on whale ships to escape their potential captors... now you do! Learn more at the museum. The beautiful museum was funded by the family of whale ship owners, so the bent is on the importance of this activity during its heyday. You'll learn about the international whaling industry and the transition of Port of New Bedford to America's #1 Fishing Port (who knew?) Finally - talk with the docents. They gave us excellent information that added color to the exhibits.”