Main Hall

From Boat to Table
Using objects, text, photographs, audio, and video, this interactive exhibit allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the seafood industry. Each section of the exhibit includes a look at changes over time with historical artifacts that speak to “Back when”.

Gearing Up presents the shoreside work involved in getting a vessel ready for fishing from vessel construction and the design and manufacture of nets and dredges to taking on fuel, ice, and provisions. Visitors can try mending a section of net and develop a grub list – a shopping list to feed their crew.

At Sea explores daily life aboard a fishing vessel including all aspects of the work, the use of technology for navigation and communication, and the importance of safety, as well as the experience of cooking, eating, and sleeping at sea. A wheelhouse creates a sense of shipboard life. A dress up area allows visitors to don fisherman’s clothing.

Sustaining the Resource provides an overview of industry efforts to ensure a healthy and plentiful resource including cooperative research which combines skills and knowledge of fishermen and scientists, advancements in technology, and gear modifications to allow for greater selectivity and reduced by-catch.

Landing the Catch follows the seafood from fish hold to auction, to processing plant, and finally to market. A seafood recipe exchange collects and disseminates community recipes. Settlement sheets from the 1960s and today illustrate changing economics.

The Fish News allows visitors to listen a broadcast by local radio personality Bill Brennan.  For over 20 years, Fish News was a vital link between sea and shore.  Listen to excerpts from a 1983 broadcast and browse our library of commercial fishing books and current and back issues of industry trade papers.


Through the Lens: Our Fishing Heritage

May 10 – July 1

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to announce the opening of Through the Lens: Our Fishing Heritage on Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. during AHA.

This juried show captures the working waterfront and our fishing heritage as seen through the lenses of area photographers.  Photographers allow us to look at life through their lens and capture moments we might otherwise miss.  Through their art, they focus our attention on the world around us.  This exhibit explores a world many do not see – our working waterfronts and those who make their living at sea and on shore.

Organized by the Whaling City Camera Club,  this show showcases the talents of local photographers. Award winning photojournalist, Peter Pereira, will jury the show.  Winners will be presented during the opening reception.   Proceeds from this show benefit the Center and its educational programs.  The Center is grateful to the Whaling City Camera Club for the support. Special thanks to guest curator Sally Erickson and juror Peter Pereira for giving of their time and talent.

Image by Heavenly Kreations Photography