New Bedford Whaling Museum names Christina Turner as Director of Education

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Amanda McMullen, President and CEO of New Bedford Whaling Museum, recently announced the appointment of Christina Turner as Director of Education. Turner will oversee the Whaling Museum’s nationally acclaimed High School Apprenticeship Program, a comprehensive K-12 school visitation program, volunteer programs, and community educational partnerships. By interpreting and promoting the Museum’s collection as a resource for learning, she is charged with developing an engaging annual education series, as well as establishing and strengthening partnerships to deepen the educational efforts of the Museum. Prior to her new appointment, Turner served as Director of Apprentices and Interns at the Museum beginning in 2015.

In her announcement, McMullen said, “We conducted a thorough search process to fill this position and Christina clearly emerged as the strongest candidate. We are always thinking big here at the Whaling Museum and Christina has big ideas for the future. She has an energizing and creative vision for increasing our educational impact locally and beyond.” 

“I'm passionate about enhancing our dynamic education department and being able to best serve the students and families of New Bedford and the SouthCoast community.  I am proud to be a part of such a committed and vibrant institution,” said Turner.

Christina Turner joined the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2015 as the Director of Apprentices and Interns after more than 10 years of experience as an educator working in schools and nonprofit organizations in program management, youth development, and college and career counseling. Under Turner’s direction, the Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program earned the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the American Alliance of Museum Education Committee’s Excellence in Programming Award. Previously, she worked as Program Director at Breakthrough Providence in Providence, Rhode Island, developing programming, working with families, and recruiting students in a multi-year academic enrichment program. She also served at various high schools as a college counselor and internship coordinator. Turner holds a B.A. from Boston University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, which she earned as part of the highly selective National Urban Fellows Program. Turner currently serves on the advisory committee for Eduleaders of Color Rhode Island, a people-centered initiative focused on education, working at the intersection of all fields to unite, support, and empower people of color.

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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. 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