Whaling Museum Seeks New Museum Guides

Training course begins September 6

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - The New Bedford Whaling Museum is seeking volunteers, specifically those who are interested in learning to give tours, to help the Museum share its stories with diverse American audiences and international visitors. Docents are guides who work directly with school children, tour groups, specialists, and individual visitors.  Because tourism in the region is growing, volunteers who can speak more than one language are particularly needed. Whether multi-lingual or not, anyone interested in sharing their time, knowledge, and enthusiasm is encouraged to register for a 12-part docent training course running from September 6 through December 6, 2018 on Thursdays from 9:30 am to noon. To register, visit www.whalingmuseum.org  or contact Director of Education and Science Programs, Robert Rocha, at 508-717-6849 or rrocha@whalingmuseum.org.

Whaling Museum volunteers can have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of visitors from all over the world. They play a vital role in the organization’s ability to enhance understanding of human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impacts, whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and the unique history of the region. In 2017, more than 140 volunteers donated close to 22,000 hours combined to help the Whaling Museum achieve its educational mission.

Susan Grosart finds that volunteering comes with many benefits. “Being a Whaling Museum docent is a total joy! My fellow docents are interesting and caring people. Every week I learn something new - from the other docents, the curators and staff, and the visitors, who truly come from all over the globe,” she said.

Volunteer David Brownell said, “Volunteering at the Museum is all I hoped it would be… I love working in a well-run, dynamic organization with interesting and friendly colleagues. The Museum challenges me to learn and allows me to indulge my love for teaching and acting.”

The Museum provides extensive support and training for its volunteers. The training courses cover topics including the history of whaling, New Bedford history, whale biology and conservation, tour and teaching techniques, history of Portuguese, Azorean, and Cape Verdean cultures in New Bedford, and more. Training dates are: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 15, 29; and December 6.

Rocha commented, "Whaling Museum docents act as ambassadors for all of the South Coast. They help us tell our stories to audiences of all ages, including more than 10,000 students who visit us annually. They share the rich history of the region, the stories of global whaling, as well as educate visitors about marine mammal science. Our docents are a dedicated, close knit, supportive community performing important work every week - and they have fun while doing it!"

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New Bedford Whaling Museum


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 Museum 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. 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.


docent diane sullivan

Caption: New Bedford Whaling Museum docent Diane Sullivan gives a tour in the Whaling Museum exhibition “From Pursuit to Preservation.”


To catch a Whale crew

Caption: Volunteers Stan Zalenski, Capt. Michael Taylor, Janice Santos, David Brownell, Diane Sullivan and David Sylvain dress for their parts in a special tour called “To Catch a Whale.”