Spring Break at the Whaling Museum, April 16 - 20

Right Whale Day launches five days of family learning and fun on April 16

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Families can explore and learn together at the New Bedford Whaling Museum during school break week, April 16-20.  The Whaling Museum has planned a full slate of fun and educational programs, beginning with the Museum’s annual Right Whale Day on Monday, April 16.  Kids and adults alike will have fun while gaining a greater awareness and appreciation of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. Right Whale Day is completely free for New Bedford residents and Museum members, and free with admission for the general public. A New Bedford Science Café Kids event on Friday, April 20 is free for everyone. The remaining 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:

  • Climb inside life-sized inflatable right and humpback whales to see the biology of these amazing creatures first hand!
  • Listen to the story Dario and the Whale, read by author Cheryl Lawton Malone.
  • Enjoy an ocean-themed magic and puppet show by Silly Sally’s Entertainment at 11:30 am.
  • Try creative arts and crafts with the Museum’s high school apprentices and event partners.
  • End the day with a tasty slice of Right Whale Day cake

Right Whale Day is presented in partnership with New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, NOAA, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

The fun doesn’t stop after Right Whale Day. The Museum will have plenty of family programming from Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20.  Get to know the Museum with a highlights tour, be crafty at our art stations, and learn from the experts as Museum docents share stories of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship.

On Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm, New Bedford Science Café Kids presents “Here Fishie Fishie!” an afternoon of activities to help young scientists learn about old and new ways of catching and counting fish. “Here Fishie Fishie!” is sponsored by New Bedford Science Café; New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches; New Bedford Whaling Museum; and UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST).

Spring Vacation Week is supported by Per Moen and Joan Dolian, and by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Monday, April 16
10 am – 2 pm
Right Whale Day

Tuesday, April 17– Friday, April 20
10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale: Climb inside a life-sized inflatable humpback whale.

10 am – 2 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 AND 1 pm
Museum Highlights Tours: Docents will lead groups throughout the Museum focusing on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, including stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

Tuesday, April 17 ONLY

2 pm
Curator Tour: Join a Museum curator on a 45-minute tour of exhibition galleries.

Thursday, April 19 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?

2 pm
Curator Tour: Join a Museum curator on a 45-minute tour of exhibition galleries.

Friday, April 20 ONLY

10:30 am
All aboard the Lagoda: 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.

1 pm – 3 pm
New Bedford Science Café Kids: Here Fishie Fishie! Explore marine science with SMAST students; discover how fishing gear, equipment, and devices are evolving to better protect ocean life; sea a “show and tell” of fishing tackle; visit “Meet-a-Scientist” stations; see the movie Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea. Free juice and cookies.

*Spring Vacation Week schedule is subject to change. For 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 $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


For high-resolution images contact:
Tina Malott
Communications Manager
New Bedford Whaling Museum


crafting at a table

Above: Craft activities on Right Whale Day.

families on Lagoda

Above: Families on board Lagoda during February 2018 school vacation week.