Spring Break at the Whaling Museum, April 17 - 21

Family fun and educational programming all week long

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – As local schools break for spring vacation, April 17 – 21, the New Bedford Whaling Museum has planned a full slate of fun and educational programs. Spring Vacation Week activities kick off with the Museum’s annual Right Whale Day on Monday, April 17.  Kids and adults alike will have fun while gaining a greater awareness and appreciation of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. All Spring Vacation Week programs are free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission. Each paid admission to the Museum is good for two consecutive days of fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Some Right Whale Day highlights include:

  • Navigate through the Right Whale Obstacle Course, as you face the human-caused hazards that Right Whales must overcome as they swim through the ocean
  • Climb inside life-sized inflatable Right and Humpback Whales to see the biology of these creatures first hand!
  • Listen to the story Dario and the Whale read by author Cheryl Lawton Malone
  • Make Right Whale magnets and whale origami
  • End the day by enjoying Right Whale Day cake

The fun doesn’t stop after Right Whale Day. The Museum will have plenty of family fun Tuesday, April 18 – Friday, April 21.  Get to know the Museum with a highlights tour, get crafty at our art stations, and learn from the experts as Museum docents lead tours and share stories of life aboard a whaleship. Spring Vacation week activities are made possible in part by the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, NOAA, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.


Monday, April 17
10 am – 2 pm
Right Whale Day

Tuesday, April 18– Friday, April 21
10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale
Climb inside a life-sized inflatable humpback whale

10 am – 12 pm
Kids’ Crafts and Activities
Learn how to feed our friendly squid Sam, create logbooks to take home, and learn about Right Whales.

11 am & 1 pm
Museum Highlights Tours
Group tours led by Docents throughout the Museum focused on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, including stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

Tuesday, April 18 & Thursday, April 20 only
2 pm
Curator Tour
Take a 45-minute tour of exhibition galleries guided by a Museum Curator.

Thursday, April 20 only
12:30 pm – 1 pm
To Catch a Whale
Learn from the experts as Museum Docents share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

Friday, April 21 only
10:30 am
All aboard the
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the largest model whaleship in the world – 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.

*Spring Vacation Week schedule is subject to change. For questions and more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046.


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 aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.