New Whaling Exhibit

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New Whaling Exhibit


Samms, Mike, Sea Classics


Mystic Seaport's "Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers" is a new exploration of America's historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling. The exhibition opened after the unprecedented 38th voyage of the 1841 whaleship and National Historic Landmark Charles W. Morgan, the flagship and signature vessel of Mystic Seaport, which sits at its berth within sight of the gallery entrance.

Using collections artifacts and artwork alongside compelling audio-visual elements, immersive displays, and thought-provoking interpretation, the exhibit pushes past the mechanics of whaling to show the richer and deeper stories of the peoples, places, ships, and whales that impacted and were impacted by whaling since the Morgan's construction in 1841.

In the words of guest curator Anne Witty, "The stories in this exhibit braid together people, whales, history, and culture. …

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