Anchored in the story of New Bedford's whaling industry, the New Bedford Whaling Museum documents and shares the diverse stories of this vibrant maritime region and its people through dynamic exhibitions, programs, and research.

Surrounded by cobblestone streets once strolled by Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, get ready to marvel at five massive whale skeletons, the world's largest ship model, and much more in this world-class museum that has something for everyone to enjoy!

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New Bedford Whaling Museum


18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740

Upcoming Events

  • Maritime History Exhibition: All Hands! Yankee Whaling and the U. S. Navy

    The maritime history exhibition All Hands! Yankee Whaling and the U. S. Navy will open at the New Bedford Whaling...

    Fri, Sep 1, 2023 - Sun, Sep 8, 2024

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  • Framing the Domestic Sea: Photographs by Jeffery C. Becton

    Framing the Domestic Sea: photographs by Jeffery C. Becton presents a new body of work by this celebrated Maine artist....

    Tue, Dec 12, 2023 - Sun, May 5, 2024

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  • The Stars that Guide Us: Roy Rossow

    The Stars that Guide Us, created by artist Roy Rossow, is slated for the Museum's Center Street Gallery from December 14, 2023...

    Fri, Dec 15, 2023 - Sun, Apr 21, 2024

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  • First Fridays | West African Fusion and Caribbean SOul

    The New Bedford Whaling Museum's First Fridays is a 21+ after-hours experience of fine art, music and culture, featuring signature cocktails,...

    Fri, Mar 1, 2024

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  • Navy Day at the New Bedford Whaling Museumn

    Navy Day, hosted with Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, offers a full schedule of fun and educational opportunities...

    Sat, Mar 9, 2024

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