The Building

The Historic New Bedford Institution for Savings

The New Bedford Institution for Savings is a beautiful and well-preserved reminder of New Bedford’s prosperous past. The vault door crafted by the Damon Safe Company is a work of art, as is the clock built by the New York Self-Winding Clock Company.

The Ocean Explorium is fortunate to occupy this magnificent space, and we are mindful of its historic significance. The only permanent change we have made is the installation of a new floor, made from recycled tires, intended to be waterproof as well as an environmentally thoughtful alternative to other materials.

We are pleased to offer the Ocean Explorium as a venue for social and corporate events. The Great Hall, with its opulent appointments and exhibits, is appropriate for special ceremonies, cocktail get-togethers and small dinner parties. The Education Center is fully equipped for press conferences, speaking engagements, small trade shows, forums and meetings. The Ocean Explorium has an exclusive arrangement with Russell Morin Fine Catering; their extensive menus and impeccable service can be tailored to your needs.

Immerse yourself in history as you immerse yourself in the Ocean.