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COVID-19 WARNING: While we continue to list New Bedford's array of cultural offerings, readers are advised to heed the latest public health recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission, including Bristol County.



Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-century American Landscapes

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

The SouthCoast of Massachusetts is home to an array of stunning private collections with demonstrated strengths in nineteenth-century American landscape painting. This exhibition draws together gems from private collections with masterpieces from the New Bedford Whaling Museum collection and selects loans that enrich particular groupings. Artists in the exhibition include William Bradford, John F. Kensett, […]

Polar Bears (Ursus Maritimus) and the Arctic Imaginary

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds a deep collection of hundreds of original artworks, photographs, carvings, and material culture depicting or made from polar bears. In this exhibition, British, German, Dutch, and American prints join Iñupiat carvings, baleen baskets, historical photographs; decorated dinner plates; paintings, and more. POLAR BEARS (Ursus Maritimus) and the Arctic Imaginary […]

City Hall Exhibit Showcases Women’s Role in Commercial Fishing

New Bedford City Hall 133 William St., New Bedford, MA

“The Women’s Work: At Sea, On Shore, At Home, In the Community,” an exhibit by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, is now on display at New Bedford City Hall. The exhibit shines a light on the many roles that women play in commercial fishing communities. It features the photography of Markham Starr, and Phil Mello, and […]

Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos Exhibit

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos will be on view from Dec. 22, 2022–Feb. 26, 2023, in the Whaling Museum’s Observation Deck Gallery. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and working through the 2020 lockdown, Boston-based artist Aileen Callahan (b. 1941) created seventy watercolors that explore themes of contagion and the fear of […]

Call for Art: A Roomful of Blue

Gallery X 169 William St., New Bedford, MA

A Roomful of Blue is the first Gallery X exhibition of 2023. What does blue mean to you? The color? The music? The emotion? Something else? Gallery X has left that up to the artist to decide, This exhibition is open to all artists working in any medium. Art may be submitted during Gallery hours […]