Authors, researchers, and scholars will have a new place to sit and overlook the harbor when visiting the Whaling City.

According to South Coast Today.com, “The New Bedford Whaling Museum unveiled the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Reading Room in a ribbon-cutting at its 113th annual meeting Thursday evening.” The grand opening of the room marked a final step in the museum's transition of its collection of millions of books and historical documents from their former home on Purchase Street.

The reading room will be open six days a week and is closed on Mondays.

The museum is also working to expand its digital learning center for students who visit the museum.

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez