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New Bedford Whaling Museum’s relevant, engaging, and culturally responsive educational programming and learning resources reflect complex issues that shaped the past, remain critical today, and inform a sustainable and equitable future. The Museum’s Education Department does this through the exploration of whales and the whaling industry, the people, history, economy, ecology, and arts and culture of New Bedford and its environs, and the impact this region has had on the nation and the world.

Whether at the Museum, in the classroom, in the community or online, we are excited to welcome guests of all ages and backgrounds to engage with our learning opportunities throughout the year.

Please use the links above to learn more about our programs and educational opportunities.


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, and Bill and Donna Stewart.

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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