Right Whale Day lets families explore and learn together – Monday, April 18
More April vacation week fun, April 19–22 at Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.: The ever–popular Right Whale Day returns to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Monday, April 18 as part of a full slate of school vacation week programs. Families can explore, learn and have fun through special activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Right Whale Day. Vacation week programs run 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, April 19–Friday, April 22. Activities taking place in Jacobs Family Gallery, Cook Memorial Theater or on the Museum Plaza are FREE. Regular admission prices apply to all other galleries.  The Museum is open Monday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Regular admission is: adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, children and youth $6, children aged three and under are free.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Right Whale Day (Monday) free family activities focused on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale take place under the massive right whale skeleton, displayed with her fetus,  on permanent exhibit in the Museum’s Jacobs Family Gallery. Visitors can walk inside a life-sized inflatable right whale and stand next to a life-sized inflatable right whale calf for a photo. Visitors are invited to: challenge themselves in the coastal obstacle course created by Museum apprentices, as they attempt to survive the dangers right whales face in their migrations; test observation skills by identifying individual whales based on their markings; participate in a variety of craft activities led by New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Museum docents. Children’s author Cheryl Lawton Malone will be on hand for story hour in the Cook Memorial Theatre, reading her new book Dario and the Whale. Visitors can enjoy a slice of “right whale cake” at 1:35 p.m.

Free crafts and family activities are offered Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Additional vacation week programs include a free film screening, “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship” each day at 10 a.m.; docent-led tours; and chances to go below decks on the Museum’s signature exhibit, the Lagoda, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. On Friday, 10 a.m.–11 a.m., Captain C. Weade invites families on board the Lagoda. Regular admission rates apply to tours and Lagoda activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Right Whale Day and April Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum

Right Whale Day Activities (Monday, April 18)

10 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Right Whale obstacle course

10 a.m–1:30 p.m.
Go inside the Right Whale
Provided by Whale and Dolphin Conservation

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Make Right Whale magnets & whale origami
Provided by New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Right Whale Crafts & Learning Activities with Museum docents

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Inflatable Right Whale calf, Right Whale information and photo–op with the Right Whale calf, provided by NOAA

10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Story time and book signing with Cheryl Lawton Malone featuring her new book Dario and the Whale in the Museum Theater. Books will be available for purchase in Museum’s store.

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Right whale coloring and craft table with author Cheryl Lawton Malone

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Right Whale identification activities

1:35 p.m.
Celebrate Right Whale Day with Right Whale cake!

2 p.m.
FREE film “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship”

Vacation Week Activities (Tuesday, April 19–Friday, April 22)

10 a.m.–1 p.m.
FREE crafts and family activities.

11 a.m. & 1 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 a.m.–11 a.m.
FREE film “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship”

11 a.m.–Noon
Go below deck on the Lagoda! (Regular admission rates apply.)

Friday, April 22
10 a.m.–11 a.m.
All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board (Regular admission rates apply.)


Contact: Gayle Hargreaves
Director of Marketing
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508–997–0046 Ext. 139 (office)


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. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.