The New Bedford Whaling Museum has been collecting historic artifacts, documents, books, and photographs for over 110 years. The collection today contains approximately ¾ million objects of art, artifacts and original documents of whaling history.
Collections and long-term displays include a broad range of categories: fine and decorative art, folk art, photography, domestic artifacts, artifacts representing the history of technology and industry, books, manuscripts, maps and charts, ethnographic materials, clothing and textiles, and extensive personal, business, and financial records.
Photographic documentation examines the various aspects of Portuguese participation in WWI.
Photographic works by a former Whaling Museum curator
Travel the sea in search of whales in a full theatrical setting
Original hand-colored glass slides offer a rare glimpse into 1899 Senegal and Cape Verde
Works created over 30 years in oil paint, pen and ink, and watercolor
Explores the life and influence of the first Japanese person to live in the U.S.
Presents a deep look at relationships built between American whalers and merchants and the East
Artworks capture the essence of multi-year voyages including whaling culture, vessels, locales, and more
Premiere of a private knot collection with interpretative material, plus paintings and prints