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

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum will kick-off April vacation week with the annual Right Whale Day celebration on Monday, April 20. Every year, the Whaling Museum celebrates the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and raises awareness of a species whose survival depends upon humans wisely using ocean resources. This family friendly event provides many fun learning activities for kids and adults, with a focus on fostering greater awareness and appreciation.

Guests are invited to walk inside a life-sized inflatable right whale and stand next to a life-sized inflatable right whale calf for a photo. Take the coastal obstacle course challenge where participants attempt to survive the dangers right whales face in their migrations. Test your observation skills by identifying individual whales based on their markings. Learn to draw a right whale with author/artist, Peter Stone. End the day with a slice of “right whale cake”. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. under the massive right whale skeleton on permanent exhibit in the Jacobs Family Gallery.

Right Whale Day full schedule of activities includes:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Right Whale Obstacle Course (presented by the Whaling Museum’s high school apprentices)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Go Inside the Inflatable Whale (presented by Whale and Dolphin Conservation)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Make Right Whale Magnets & Whale Origami (presented by the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Right Whale Crafts & Learning Activities (presented by Whaling Museum docents & high school apprentices)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Inflatable Right Whale Calf, Right Whale Information  & Photo-Op with the Right Whale Calf (presented by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Right Whale Identification Activities (presented by Whaling Museum volunteers)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Waltzes with Giants” readings with author/artist Peter Stone
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn to draw right whales with Peter Stone
  • 1:35 p.m. Celebrate the now-permanent ‘Ship Strike Rule’ with some Right Whale cake


Vacation Week Activities

Join the Whaling Museum throughout April vacation week for crafts, hands-on activities and lots of family fun. Participate in a highlights tour, go below deck on the world's largest model whaleship, learn to throw a harpoon, create your own scrimshaw (with soap and shoe polish), and more.

The following April vacation week activities will take place from Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free crafts and family activities. Create your own scrimshaw (using soap and shoe polish), throw a harpoon with our family-friendly harpoons and target rings, and more.
  • 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Participate in a 45-minute highlights tour with a Whaling Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. (Regular admission rates apply)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Free film “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea" in the Cook Memorial Theater
  • 11:00 a.m. to Noon Go below deck on the Lagoda! (Regular admission rates apply)
  • Wednesday, April 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. NEW THIS YEAR! Free Yoga & Meditation for kids 5 to 10 years old. This class offers Life-Skills for kids. Connect, relax and have Fun! Presented by Tim Donohue with Yoga Kids Inc. Yoga mats will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own.
  • Friday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the Lagoda for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling. (Regular admission rates apply).

Right Whale Day activities and April Vacation Week activities that take place in Jacobs Family Gallery, Cook Memorial Theater or on the Whaling Museum Plaza are FREE. Regular admission to all other galleries applies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 508-997-0046 or visit  


MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Poyant Moran
Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Office: 508-717-6839
Cell: 508-965-9861


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales 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 April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum hours January through March: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Open on Holiday Mondays. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, visit