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Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tina Malott, (508) 997-0046 x140

Marketing Manager, Gayle P. Hargreaves, (508) 997-0046 x139


Pending Additional Ivory Laws

Beyond existing federal laws, several states are considering additional restrictive language which will impact the possession of antique scrimshaw. The following links are provided as an educational public service:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory – Ivory Proposed ivory law unfairly targets scrimshaw and antiques (pdf) Antique Scrimshaw Collectors Association Ivory Bill  Ivory Bill H1275

Whaling Museum/Antique Ivory Legislation News










2017 and 2016 Press Releases

Archived Press Releases (2014 and earlier Press Releases will be available soon)



04.14.2017  Symposium marks revitalization of historic Mariners’ Home and Seamen’s Bethel

04.12.2017  Little Lagoda soon to set sail across Atlantic

03.22.2017  Free lecture at the Whaling Museum on locally born, internationally renowned artist Albert Pinkham Ryder

03.03.2017  Hundreds of scholars, artists and historians to gather for Whaling Museum’s Scrimshaw Weekend, May 12-14

03.01.2017  Walking trail, website, online application and school curriculum will tell stories of remarkable women from Greater New Bedford

02.16.2017  Whaling Museum to Revitalize and Greatly Expand Captain Paul Cuffe Park

02.01.2017  Lecture series to explore charity, human rights, and social justice, through centuries of struggle in both the US and Ireland

01.30.2017 Internationally Acclaimed Storyteller Helps Kick off February Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum

01.19.2017  Spring Lecture Series Dedicated to Storied Adventures at Sea

01.12.2017  Presidential objects bear witness to history

01.3.2017  New Grant Funding for Whaling Museum to Help Local Youth with College Readiness and Success



12.19.2016  Hundreds to gather at New Bedford Whaling Museum for 2017 Moby-Dick Marathon

12.13.2016 NBWM awarded $25,000 grant for new book; Grant from Robert David Lyon Gardiner Foundation

11.30.2016 Whaling Museum to publish long-awaited and artfully illustrated whaling journal, considered a masterpiece of its genre

11.16.2016  Whaling Museum looking for multi-lingual, multi-cultural volunteers

11.09.2016  Cabo Verdean Minister of Culture, Abraão Vicente, coming to New Bedford

11.07.2016 Free family-friendly event at the Whaling Museum to celebrate one hundred years

10.26.2016 Painting by elephants part of Timeless Toys exhibit at Whaling Museum

10.17.2017 The “Haunted Whaleship” Event Returns to the Whaling Museum October 29

10.06.2016 Frozen in Time: Early New Bedford photo album reveals richness of daily 19th C life – Lecture and book signing

10.05.2016 New program in schools brings science to life for New Bedford students – All About Whales

10.03.2016 Illustrated Seminar “Scrimshaw 101” at the Whaling Museum

09.29.2016 Special Centennial Programming at the New Bedford Whaling Museum this Fall

09.21.2016 Exhibition features photographs of early 20th C Norwegian whaling in Co. Mayo Ireland

09.20.2016 Whaling Symposium to Explore Cultural and Genealogical Ties Between New England and the Alaskan Arctic

09.20.2016 Major exhibition explores New Bedford’s curious role in Irish history from the 18th century through the famous “Easter Rising” in 1916

09.12.2016  Manhattan Short Film Festival to be Hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum

09.08.2016  Upcoming Free Lecture – Empowering Muslim Women and Communities: A Personal Story

09.01.2016  New Bedford Whaling Museum names Sarah W. Rose as Vice President, Education and Programs

08.30.2016  New Bedford Whaling Museum awarded $180,000 for restoration of famous panorama – America’s longest painting

07.14.2016  “Party for the Ocean”: Free family-friendly event PLUS evening screening of “Sonic Sea” & panel

06.17.2016  Whaling Museum hopes to broaden access and understanding with multi-lingual, multi-cultural volunteers

05.26.2016  Mayor Jon Mitchell meets with “Connecting Coastal Communities” participants from Húsavík Whale Museum and New Bedford Whaling Museum

05.11.2016 Whaling Museum opens new family interactive zone on Sunday, May 22

05.11.2016 Inner Light: The World of William Bradford

05.06.2016  113th Annual Meeting to include opening of new Grimshaw-Gudewicz Reading Room and sneak-peek into the new Casa dos Botes Discovery Center Friday, May 20

05.02.2016  Collaborative Efforts Lead to “Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales”

05.02.2016  Lagoda – World’s largest ship model & its “brick berth” mark 100 years in 2016

04.29.2016  Background on Lagoda/Bourne Building Centennial

04.26.2016  Massachusetts high school students visit Iceland

04.22.2016  New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts 7th Annual Nautical Antiques Show, May 13

04.14.2016  Whaling Museum summer programs and events

04.04.2016 Right Whale Day lets families explore and learn together – Monday, April 18

03.25.2016 New Bedford Whaling Museum to host 28th annual Scrimshaw Weekend, May 13-15, 2016

03.23.2016 Whaling Museum hosts “Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean: Global Issues and Solutions to Marine Debris”

03.18.2016 The Buzzards Bay Coalition and New Bedford Whaling Museum partner to present second year of “Where the Land Meets the Sea: Working to Restore and Maintain the Health of the Buzzards Bay Watershed”

03.03.2016 Sailors’ Series: A Century of Design & Invention

01.04.2016  Nuno Sá photography exhibition Oásis opens at the Whaling Museum, Jan. 7

01.04.2016  Media Alert Whaling Museum, Cabo Verde Ministry of Culture, City of New Bedford to Reveal International Cultural Partnership Plans



2015 Press Releases

12.03.2015  Innovative Climate Tracking Initiative Launched – Old Weather: Whaling

12.03.2015  ‘Party for the Icebergs’ Free Family-Friendly Event Saturday December 5th at the Museum

11.18.2015  A Christmas Carol at the Whaling Museum

11.13.2015  New film ‘Counting Fish’ debuts on Harvest of the Sea Day, Nov. 22

11.02.2015  Whaling Museum issues multiple RFPs for exhibit expansion, campus enhancements

10.23.2015  “Heart of the Sea” Lecture Series to be offered Whaling Museum, Nov. 3-17

10.05.2015  Whaling Museum opens new $8 million learning center

09.22.2015  Bristol Community College and Whaling Museum Partner to Host Global Film Festival

09.21.2015  The Schooner Ellenor Anchors Museum’s Bradford Collection

09.18.2015  New Biography Chronicles Famed Yachtsman and Designer C. Raymond Hunt

09.16.2015  Meditation workshop at the Whaling Museum this Sunday Sept. 20

09.15.2015  Second-Half Lecture Series returns to the Whaling Museum

09.09.2015  Whaling Museum to host NY Times Best Selling Author Anthony Amore

08.20.2015  International program brings together two world-renowned maritime institutions

08.12.2015  Robert Rocha assumes presidency of National Marine Educators Association

06.26.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum opens Dr. Gilbert and Frima Shapiro Gallery, July 4

06.03.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum extends hours on ‘Evening Tuesdays’

05.26.2015  Annual meeting day to include dedication of new International Gallery, May 29

05.11.2015  Annual Scrimshaw Weekend to include discussion of controversial bills

05.08.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum earns top nonprofit rating

04.29.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum awarded $50,000 grant to restore famous panorama

04.21.2015  Sailors’ Series focuses on maritime archeology at World Trade Center site, April 23

04.15.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum to establish satellite exhibition space in Cabo Verde

04.12.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum position on Bill H-1275 (pdf)

04.10.2015  “Energy & Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford” opens April 17

03.30.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum kicks-off April vacation week with Right Whale Day celebration!

03.27.2015  “Where the Land Meets the Sea” presented by the Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition continues on April 1

03.26.2015  Painting with a Splash for Kids is coming to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on April 11

03.24.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum to host 27th annual Scrimshaw Weekend, May 15-17, 2015

o3.23.2015  ‘Schooling With Whales’ Weekend Teachers Workshop, April 18-19, 2015

03.12.2015  Author John E. Conway to present “Tales of the Buckrammer” lecture at the Whaling Museum on Thursday, March 19

03.10.2015  The Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition partner to present “Where the Land Meets the Sea: Working to Restore and Maintain the Health of the Buzzards Bay Watershed”

03.05.2015  The Museum celebrates ceramic arts in March with two exhibitions and a NCECA Pre-conference Symposium

02.23.2015  Painting with a Splash is coming to the New Bedford Whaling Museum

02.14.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum closed Sunday, February 15

02.10.2015  Feb. 12 Sailors’ Series lecture featuring Llewellyn Howland postponed due to potential snowstorm

02.06.2015  The Voices of Whales: Whaling Museum Receives a Major Gift from WHOI

02.04.2015  Sailors’ Series celebrates 25 years with diverse lineup Feb. 12 – May 7

01.26.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum closed January 27 & 28

01.23.2015  Presidents’ Day kicks off February vacation programs at the Museum, Feb. 16-20


Last modified: April 14, 2017