Party for the Ocean headlines slate of Whaling Museum family programs

Explore wind, waves and whales all summer long

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Party for the Ocean: Wind and Waves will be a star attraction in a summer line-up of family programs at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Visitors of all ages can explore wind, waves, whales, and ocean health at Party for the Ocean on July 31, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Museum’s summer offerings also include hands-on activities celebrating New Bedford’s summer-long Summer Winds festival, creative and scientific activities related to sea science, and engaging performances that bring history to life for family audiences. Activities in the Museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery are free for everyone. Access to the Museum’s other exhibits and galleries is subject to regular admission fees (free for Museum members). The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford, MA. More information about all programs and events is available at www.whalingmuseum.org or by calling (509) 997-0046.

At Party for the Ocean, one of three free family events planned for Wind and Waves Wednesdays, visitors can learn how to harness the power of wind and waves, investigate how marine animals adapt to windy, wavy habitats, and meet people who are working to protect marine and coastal environment. Taking inspiration from the exhibition De Wind is Op! Climate, Culture and Innovation in Dutch Maritime Painting, visitors can create their own works of art. The Whale Guitar, a one-of-a-kind, hand-made electric guitar in the shape of a sperm whale, will be making an appearance as well. Party for the Ocean is presented in partnership with Buttonwood Park Zoo, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Lloyd Center for the Environment, National Marine Life Center, and The Whale Guitar Project.

Two additional free family programs are planned for Wind and Waves Wednesdays. On July 17 during Get WRITE To It, kids in grades 3-5 can write a story with Cheryl Lawton Malone, author of Dario and the Whale. Younger children can enjoy story time, crafts, and a coloring project. During Whales, Octopi and Sharks, Oh My! on July 24, people of all ages can take a musical dive into sea science with stand-up “chameleon” Jackson Gillman. These two events run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Jacobs Family Gallery. Wind and Waves Wednesdays are supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 9 through August 15, the Whaling Museum presents Make Around the Museum: Summer Winds Edition from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Visitors can harness the wind with free, creative hands-on activities in the Museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery inspired by Summer Winds and the exhibition De Wind is Op! Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) and its partners are collaborating to present Summer Winds in New Bedford from July 1 to September 30, 2019.

The Museum’s perennial favorite All Aboard the Lagoda returns on Fridays at 10:00 am in July and August.  Onboard the world’s largest ship model, Captain C. Weade and his crew will take visitors on a voyage around the world to interact with new cultures, and learn the ropes of a whaleship. All Aboard the Lagoda is free for Whaling Museum members and with Museum admission.

Visitors can see history in action during Saturday performances of To Catch a Whale and People of New Bedford. During To Catch a Whale on July 16 and August 17, visitors will join Captain Michael Taylor and his crew on a voyage aboard the whaleship Kutusoff in 1842. They’ll discover how crews were hired, trained, and spent their time on long sea journeys, and learn about 19th century whaling and modern whale conservation. During People of New Bedford on July 20, August 3, and August 13, visitors will meet a cast of characters from 19th century New Bedford – the era of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick, each with a story to tell about life at home during the days of whaling. These history performances last about 30 minutes and are free for Whaling Museum members and with Museum admission.

Contact
Gayle Hargreaves
Marketing Manager
New Bedford Whaling Museum
ghargreaves@whalingmuseum.org
508-997-0046 Ext. 139

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Caption: All ages can explore marine life at Party for the Ocean on July 31, 10 am – 3 pm at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, presented in partnership with Buttonwood Park Zoo, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Lloyd Center for the Environment, National Marine Life Center, and The Whale Guitar Project.

young girl with sea animal

 

Caption: The Whaling Museum’s life-size model of a Blue Whale heart is as big as a Volkswagen Beetle.

model of whale heart on exhibit

 

Caption: Kids with Captain C. Weade during All Aboard the Lagoda.

Captain Weade with kids

 


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: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 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.