The Whaling Museum Welcomes new VP of Collections and Exhibitions, Greg Galer


The New Bedford Whaling Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of Gregory Galer, Ph.D., the long-time Curator of the Stonehill Industrial History Center at Stonehill College (Easton, Massachusetts), as Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Whaling Museum President, James Russell, expressed his enthusiasm for Galer, “Greg greatly impressed our Search Committee with his thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of museum Collections Management plus his keen insights and vision on how to present engaging and fresh exhibitions. His enthusiasm and energy will make him a valuable participant on the senior management team. Greg comes to us at an exciting time as we are in the midst of redefining our exhibition focus. Greg’s excellent work at the Stonehill Industrial History Center makes him eminently qualified to tackle the large and complex themes offered by our mission.”

Galer, a Milton native and Easton resident, comes to the Whaling Museum with over twenty years’ experience studying, managing, and interpreting historical collections and historic sites. In Richmond, Virginia he lead the team planning and designing the multi-million dollar transformation of the Confederate Tredegar Ironworks into a museum site, now home to the National Park Service.

“My eleven years at Stonehill have been productive and fruitful, and I thank the many colleagues and donors who have graciously supported my work as a curator and educator. I am proud to leave behind a collection of historic materials far better preserved, utilized, and interpreted than when I arrived. I look forward to watching from the outside as these nationally significant collections continue their upward trajectory at the college,” Galer said.

“Yet the time has come for new challenges, and the Whaling Museum provides an incredible opportunity to apply my skills to a new stage. I’m proud to join the museum’s new management team and to be able to lead a skilled and experienced curatorial staff. Together we will enhance a world-class collection and prominent institution, creating a new level of community engagement, educational programming, and scholarly excellence,” he added.

“In today’s culture many museums struggle to remain relevant, yet the Whaling Museum is poised to enhance its attraction to local, regional, national, and even international audiences. I’m looking forward to helping lead the Museum to this new phase in its history. The energy of the leadership from the Board and the staff is palpable and I’m certain the public will be thrilled with the changes they will see over the next few years,” Galer concluded.

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