Learn - New Bedford Whaling Museum



Through its educational programs and activities, the Museum engages students, educators, individuals and families,  teaching that they are part of the fabric of the community, critical to its growth, and inspiring all visitors to reflect on the complex issues that shaped the past, remain critical today, and inform a sustainable future.

The Museum utilizes culturally relevant pedagogy as a framework to guide the development and implementation of all its education programs and resources with a specific focus on inspiring civic learning and action. Additionally, all education programs and resources are developed to be equitably accessible and meet state academic standards.

Whether at the Museum, in the classroom, in the community or online, we are excited to welcome learners of all ages and backgrounds to engage with our learning opportunities and explore, learn and create with us.

The Whaling Museum provides a number of opportunities for educators to engage with Museum collections and resources. Please read below for more information on opportunities to connect with the Museum.


The library holdings consist of 18,000 published titles in ten languages documenting American and international whaling history, voyages and travels, exploration, natural history...

The Museum offers a variety of learning, research, and career development opportunities to students, scholars and educators. Please read below for more information on opportunities for students and scholars at the Museum.


Here you will find a list of titles published by the the Old Dartmouth Historical Society – New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Many of these titles are available for purchase. 


Here you will find information to support curriculum and project development.




Thanks To:

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.