New Bedford Free Public Library Special Collections

Established in 1852, the library is the oldest reference center in southeastern Massachusetts. A public repository for local history and art, the library exhibits on a rotating basis a wide variety of art from its large collection of 19th Century art and artifacts including works by John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt and William Bradford. The main library also holds the third largest worldwide collection of American whaling materials.

Art Room Hours of Operation (located on the 3rd floor of the Main Library):
Mon – closed;
Tue – 1pm – 5pm;
Wed – 1pm – 5pm;
Thurs – 1pm – 5pm; 6pm – 9pm;
Fri – 9am – 12:30pm;
Sat – 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm