Eat, see, hear like a North Atlantic right whale on April 15 at the Whaling Museum
Right Whale Day returns during spring vacation week: April 15-19
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Kids and adults alike will have fun while learning about the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale on Right Whale Day, Monday, April 15 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This special day is presented as part of the Museum’s Spring Vacation Week programming, which also includes NASA Space Day: Explorations of Faraway Places on Thursday, April 18 presented by New Bedford Science Café Kids, and family activities Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19. Right Whale Day and Vacation Week activities in the Museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery are offered free of charge. Other activities and access to the rest of the Museum’s galleries are free for Museum members and with regular paid admission to the Museum. NASA Space Day activities are free for everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Vacation Week programming is subject to change. Full details and the current schedule are at www.whalingmuseum.org.
On Right Whale Day, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., visitors can learn to eat, see, and hear like a right whale. Hands-on marine-themed crafts and activities will foster a greater appreciation for the status and plight of this magnificent marine mammal. Participate in a variety of right whale themed crafts and activities, investigate the new life-size sculpture of the head of a right whale, and explore whale biology and behavior exhibits in the newly expanded Whales Today exhibition. As an added bonus with regular paid admission, visitors can climb into two different inflatable whales, including a new North Atlantic right whale. Right Whale Day is presented in partnership with New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
The Museum’s life-size inflatable humpback whale will be back Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during Spring Vacation Week. Marine-themed crafts will be offered in Jacobs Family Gallery and in the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., visitors can go “All Aboard the Lagoda” with Captain C. Weade and his crew of onboard the largest model ship in the world, to travel the seas, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.
The Museum is hosting NASA Space Day: Explorations of Faraway Places, a New Bedford Science Café Kids event, on Thursday, April 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. NASA Solar System Ambassador Joe Cote and students from the NASA Solar System Explorers at the Ford Middle School in Acushnet will help visitors explore exciting projects being conducted by our National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA). Visitors can handle moon rocks, look through a solar spotting scope, learn about exploration of the surface of Mars, create space crafts, and more. This event is free for everyone and is presented in partnership with NASA, Acushnet Public Schools, New Bedford Science Café, and New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches.
Spring Vacation Week is supported by Per Moen and Joan Dolian, and in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.
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Above: Life-size model of a North Atlantic right whale in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s newly expanded exhibition Whales Today.
Above: Director of Education and Science Programs Robert Rocha with one the Whaling Museum’s life-size inflatable whales.
Above: Captain C. Weade explains the ins and outs of a whaling ship during “All Aboard Lagoda.”