Anchored in the story of New Bedford's whaling industry, NBWM shares the art, science, history, and culture of this vibrant maritime region and its people. We're a champion for whale conservation, and a keeper of the region's collective memory. Surrounded by cobblestone streets once strolled by Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, the Museum is conveniently located within the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
Dive into whale biology, ecology and behavior, and marine mammal conservation. Marvel at massive whale skeletons and the world's largest ship model, the Lagoda - a half-scale model of a 19th century whaling vessel. See a digital replica of America's longest painting in motion - the incredible "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World." The original 1848 painting is longer than the Empire State Building is tall! Enjoy impressive exhibitions of historical and contemporary art from internationally renowned artists and regional artists.
Gift Shop Wheelchair accessible