Presidents' Day kicks off February vacation programs, Feb. 17-21

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.)  — Three great American Presidents – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt – will visit with children at the annual Presidents’ Day Birthday Bash Monday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Come explore how the Founding Fathers influenced New Bedford history, participate in a scavenger hunt, create your own soap scrimshaw, and more. Children will have the opportunity to dress as their favorite president and have their photograph taken beside the famous Resolute Desk, created from the same ship’s timbers as the one used in the Oval Office.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Presidents’ Day events in the Jacobs Family Gallery and Wattles Family Gallery are free. Regular admission rates apply to all other museum galleries.

Presidents’ Day kicks off a week of events for school vacation week that includes special tours and hands-on activities each day, culminating with “All aboard the Lagoda” on Friday, February 21.

 

Monday, February 17: Presidents’ Day

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Crafts & Activities for Kids

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Storytelling with President Lincoln

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Dress as a President; take your photo beside the Resolute Desk

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Program with Teddy Roosevelt. Bring your favorite teddy bear for photos with the president.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Happy Birthday sing-along and birthday cake with the Presidents!

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Special showing of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass in New Bedford,” Cook Memorial Theater.

 

Tuesday – Friday, February 18-21

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Create your own soap scrimshaw, crafts, games and more. Free.

11:00 a.m. – Noon: Join a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.

11:00 a.m. – Noon: Go below deck on the Lagoda! Regular admission rates apply.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Join a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Special showing of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass in New Bedford”, Cook Memorial Theater. Free.

 

Friday, February 21

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade onboard the Lagoda for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling. Regular admission rates apply.

 

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Winter hours through March: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. holiday Mondays. More at:  www.whalingmuseum.org.

For more information, contact:
Brian Witkowski
Education Programs Manager
(508) 997-0046, ext. 185
bwitkowski@whalingmuseum.org