Cartography Conference at the New Bedford Whaling Museum


Keeping Our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks and the Unknown
13–14 November at the
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Optional additional related programming offered on 15 November

The first cartography conference held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum examines our connection to man’s relationship to the sea over time, from medieval conceptions of the oceans as dark and monstrous places to 21st century high-tech modern underwater mapping used to search for shipwrecked whaleships in the Arctic. Learn how a great clock changed the world, and how Marshall Islanders used stick charts that rely on swells and currents to find their way. How and why mankind learned to find solutions to navigate the oceans across different cultures and over time informs our understanding of the cultural, spiritual, physical, and intellectual challenges of marine navigation. Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum for a series of fascinating talks by experts in cartography, navigation, and exploration to better understand the oceans around us and how we continue to strive to find our bearings. Download the cartography conference flyer here.


Members $65 / Non-members $75
Students with ID $25

Friday evening only lecture: Members $20 / Non-members $25

Optional: Introduction to Astrolabes
$10 Members/$15 Non-members
Optional: Tour of Mystic Seaport Exhibition
$20 Members/$25 Non-members


1 Comment

  1. Mary Beth Boyd on November 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

    After viewing the Vermeers and Dutch Masters Exhibit at the MFA my interest in trading during the 16th and 17th century has been activated. My love of Vermeer’s work and his
    use of the astrolabe and maps in the background are the imputes for my registration.