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The Museum offers school programs specifically designed to correspond with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
60-105 minutes in length depending on the program, and include a hands-on guided tour of the Museum. Most history programs can accommodate up to 75-100 students at one time.
90-120 minutes in length, and include hands-on opportunities and a tour of our whale galleries with Robert Rocha, Director of K-12 and Science Programs. Science programs can accommodate up to 30 students at one time.
Please view our education programs page for more information.
School program (guided)
College group: $9 per student
One science or history, language arts and culture program (K-12): $7 per student
One science and one history, language arts and culture program (K-12): $12 per student
School program (self-guided)
$7 per student (college)
$6 per student (K-12)
Subsidized School Groups:
New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Westport school groups receive free admission through the Jessie B. duPont Educational Fund and Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust.
Boston school groups receive free admission and free transportation through the Schrafft Charitable Trust.
*Carver, Plymouth, Rochester and Wareham receive free admission and/or transportation through the AD Makepeace Neighborhood Fund.
Funds are limited - contact the education department for details
*Funds are no longer available for 2013.
A minimum of one chaperone is required for every ten students. Student aides and one adult (teacher, parent or other) per every ten students are admitted for free. Each additional adult is $10 per adult. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and wellbeing of all children in their group.
Please bring your confirmation letter and full payment in the form of cash, credit card, debit card or check (made payable to ODHS) on the day of your visit. Please make arrangements with the education department prior to your visit if you will need to be invoiced after your visit.
School groups have the opportunity to bring bagged lunches and have lunch in our Jacobs Family Gallery beneath three fully articulated whale skeletons, or in our plaza, located in the heart of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Fee: $30 per group per day.
Boxed Lunches are now available from Destination Soups.
- Price: $7.00
- Option 1: Tuna Salad, bottle water or milk, crackers
- Option 2: Ham & Cheese Sandwich, bottle water or milk, crackers
- Option 3: Hummus Plate with Carrot Sticks & Cucumber, bottle water or milk, crackers
Please contact the education department for more details or to place your order.
Up to seven students may be allowed into the store at one time. The students must be chaperoned by an adult. Please help the students with their purchases. BEFORE the students approach the register, be sure they have enough money to pay for their purchases, including 6.25% sales tax. This will avoid decision-making at the register, saving time and disappointment.
Student gift bags are available. Two weeks notice is required to fill all orders.
Student gift bag order form
Student gift bag order checklist (teacher's use only)
Collaborative Programs with Our Partners
The Whaling Museum works with other partners in Downtown New Bedford such as the National Park Visitor Center to deliver collaborative programs upon request. For information about school programs at these locations, please contact:
- Karissa DeCarlo, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, (508) 996-4095 x6108
- Sarah Bean, New Bedford Ocean Explorium, (508) 994-5400
- Margo Connolly, Coalition for Buzzards Bay, (508) 999-6363 x224
- Cindy Barber, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, (508) 997-1401