Learn about biology, technology, local and global history, art and anthropology as you participate in our school programs. Experience life aboard the whaleship Lagoda and raise the anchor and sails on the replica fo’c’sle. Follow the migratory route of a North Atlantic Right Whale on a map. Come into contact with Inupiat and Native Hawaiians through role-play. Feel the weight of a sperm whale’s tooth. Experience what whale vision is like. Climb into a whaleman’s bunk. Smell the whale oil dripping off a blue whale skeleton. Our hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities enable your students to understand whales and New Bedford history in a unique and memorable way.

The Museum’s educational programs are generously supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust, Island Foundation, Carney Family Charitable Foundation, Schrafft Charitable Trust, Dean Welfare Trust, New York Community Trust, United Way of Greater New Bedford, Howard Bayne Fund.

Additional support is provided by grants from the New Bedford Cultural Council, Acushnet Cultural Council, Dartmouth Cultural Council, Fairhaven Cultural Council, and Westport Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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School Programs

History and science programs for specified grade levels, designed to comply with the New Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks / Common Core.

Research Topics

Research the history of North American whaling and New Bedford.

Educational Opportunities

There are various opportunities for interns, apprentices and scholars.

Teacher Resources

Our standards-based programs in the areas of history, language arts, culture and science are designed to offer hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities.


Learning can be fun.

Museum in the Community

Delivering the wonderful world of whales, whaling and Old Dartmouth history to children and youth.

Education Vision

We aspire to supplement the local school system with high quality skill development programs tied to our unique content, talented staff and volunteers.