Guided Education Programs

Guided Programs are currently postponed for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and employees. The Museum’s Education Team is happy to work with you and your group to provide customizable self-guided tours. The Museum is also happy to provide Virtual Programs in your classroom and home! Please check back often or join our mailing list for updates on upcoming Guided Programs.

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Guided Program Descriptions

A Whaler's Story

Sign up as crew onboard the Lagoda, our half-sized ship model, and learn the different roles of the crew, discover what sailors brought on long voyages, and participate in a sea chantey chorus.

What's a Museum All About?

Create your own collections and patterns while learning about museum collections and how artifacts are sorted into different categories.

Whales Today

Compare and contrast whales and humans through a focus on biology, history, and conservation.

Sorting It All Out

Take on the role of taxonomists, identify defining characteristics of major groups of animals, and organize a variety of marine creatures.

Cultures with Connections

Discover connections between local and international cultures through role-play and mapping.

Simple Machines

Identify simple and compound machines used on whaleships and whaleboats, and learn how these machines were used to perform essential tasks.

Marine Food Chains

Explore the food chain connections between whales and their prey while learning the important concepts that describe energy transfer.

Portraits of a Port

Learn the history of New Bedford through the stories of indigenous people, explorers, freemen of color, whalemen, abolitionists and many more.