In September of 2010, the park opened a permanent installation in the Visitor Center of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The exhibit, entitled Communities of Whaling, explores the connections between this city and five local ethnic communities whose roots trace back to whaling: African Americans, Cape Verdeans, Azoreans, Native Americans and West Indians. Visitors can explore how these cultures shaped the whaling industry and New Bedford itself by examining the forces that brought these people here, looking at their lives during the heyday of whaling, and hearing the personal stories of some of the individuals who made a mark on this region. The installation includes informational panels, interactive displays, film, audio, and a touch-screen exhibit.
Behind the Mansions Interactive Map (Click on the houses to explore a 19th-century New Bedford neighborhood)