I missed that film, so couldn't tell you. This is being done because the museum was privately funded by the Kendall family. The last donor (though not the last family member), died earlier this year and funding is apparently not forthcoming. I don't understand all of the politics of this as I am no longer "on the inside;" what I do know is that attempts to establish the museum's financial independence were not successful.
The museum really is worth seeing, if you can make the trip. The collections will all become part of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and will of course be displayed; I hope they don't get "lost" because there is so much to see there. What can I say, this museum holds a special place in my heart and it will be a sad day for me when it closes.
Here's a link to the website: http://www.kwm.org If you click "collections," you will see some of the museum's pieces. Click on the scroll in the upper left corner, too, it's really cool.
Barry, it's a half-hour south of Boston. Go for it! :-)