UMass Dartmouth students receive free admission to Whaling Museum

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – Students attending University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have a new benefit assigned to their ID cards: free admission to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The result of a conversation between Chancellor Divina Grossman and museum president, James Russell, the access privileges will extend through the 2012-2013 school year.

“It gives us great pleasure to be able to offer free access to UMass students in honor of the recent appointment of Chancellor Grossman. College students are a common sight in many museums, researching primary source material, studying exhibits or making sketches. We welcome them and know they will feel comfortable using their community museum,” Mr. Russell said.

“The Whaling Museum offers a learning experience unique to our region but its world class collection also encompasses many fields of study, including marine biology, history, Lusophone studies, the arts and humanities. Free access to the museum is a valuable adjunct to the UMass experience and we thank the museum’s board of trustees and President Russell for this generous provision,” Dr. Grossman said.

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. For events:

For more information, contact:
Arthur Motta, Director, Marketing & Communications
New Bedford Whaling Museum
(508) 997-0046, ext. 153