Learn - New Bedford Whaling Museum


Museum learning happens across the Museum. It includes guided and self-guided visits, educational programs, school field trips, and in-gallery interpretation. Educational activities and programs are designed to appeal to students, educators, life-long learners, and families. We welcome learners of all ages and backgrounds to engage with our museum learning opportunities and explore, learn, and create with us.

The Museum offers education programs and resources with a specific focus on inspiring civic learning and action. 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, visitors are inspired to reflect on the complex issues that shaped the past, remain critical today, and inform a sustainable future.

Students from Laurie Desroches fourth grade class at the Pacheco School, listen as New Bedford Whaling Museum volunteer Carol Zaslona, talks about the whale skeleton that hangs from the ceiling.

Field Trips

Enjoy field trips at the Museum!

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.

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Professional Development

Professional Development Workshops are hosted at various times throughout the year to let educators engage with Museum exhibitions, initiatives or projects through a particular focus area or theme.

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Classroom Tools

The New Bedford Whaling Museum education portal provides access to interactive student projects, lessons, activities and connected resources...

The Museum’s educational programs are generously supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additional support is provided by grants from the New Bedford Cultural Council, Acushnet Cultural Council, Dartmouth Cultural Council, and Westport Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.