If all you can recall about whales is the murderous Moby-Dick then “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers” will open your eyes to something bigger: a rich exploration of America’s relationship with early commercial whaling and the deeper stories of peoples, places, ships and whales that impacted and were impacted by the whaling industry.
The 4,400 square-foot exhibit was timed to follow the historic 38th voyage of the Museum’s 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan in 2014, and is a complement to the experience of going on board the vessel at its berth within sight of the exhibit entrance. On display are more than 100 whaling-related historic artifacts and documents, including logbooks, photographs, tools, scrimshaw, ship models, and souvenirs, as well as moving images, oral histories, and sound recordings. Some of the artifacts and images are visitor favorites, while others have only recently been added to the collection and will be on public display for the first time.
So plan a visit when you can. Queequeg lives again!
Where: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Admission and Hours: Please visit the Mystic Seaport website.