Maritime Weekend highlights history, lore, and beauty of maritime art and antiques

May 15–May 17 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The unique history, fascinating lore, and intricate beauty of maritime art and artifacts will be highlighted during Maritime Weekend at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, May 15-May 17, 2020. Enthusiasts, aficionados, and armchair historians will gather from around the world for a weekend full of discovery and appreciation. Experts will present exciting research and share remarkable collections of maritime art, antiques, and scrimshaw - the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.” Advance registration is required for Maritime Weekend. Tickets cost $245 for Whaling Museum members and $295 for non-members. More information and registration instructions are available at The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The Maritime Weekend schedule boasts a wide spectrum of world-class collections, fine food, new ideas, and high camaraderie. The weekend kicks off with a reception and talk on Friday evening. Saturday includes a full day of interesting lectures and presentations (lunch provided), followed by a cocktail reception and dinner. Sunday will close out the weekend’s activities with a half day of programs sure to leave participants curious and eager to continue their own journey of collecting and learning.

Presentation topics will include: Collecting Marine Antiques; The Old Curiosity Shops; New Revelations about Scrimshaw; Wooden Ship-Carvings; Fundamentals of Marine Painting: Reflections of an Eccentric Curator; Navigation: A Hands-on History of Nautical Instruments; The Pacific Tortoise Shell Trade; Scrimshaw Tools; Whalemen’s Paintings and Scrimshaw of the Mission San Carlos Borroméo; Preview of the Scrimshaw Exhibition at the Cahoon Museum (Cotuit, Cape Cod); and a curator-led tour of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Scrimshaw Gallery. Speakers and topics are subject to change.

The Whaling Museum’s Maritime Weekend is sponsored by Maine Antique Digest, and Antiques and the Arts Weekly.


Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140


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. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit


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Examples of maritime art and artifacts shown below include a painting, The Bark PLATINA, by George M. Hathaway from the New Bedford Whaling Museum collection, as well as an antique octant, and three examples of antique scrimshaw from the collection.

photo of display of maritime art and artifacts