Whaling Museum Seeks New Museum Guides

Training course begins January 8, 2020

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - The New Bedford Whaling Museum is seeking volunteer docents to give tours and share the Museum’s stories with visitors. Docents are guides who work directly with school children, tour groups, and other visitors.  International tourism in New England is on the rise and 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 starting on January 8, 2020. The course runs on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to noon and the registration deadline is December 13.  To register visit https://www.whalingmuseum.org/support/volunteer. Additional information about the Whaling Museum volunteer program is available by contacting Volunteer & School Programs Manager, Brittany Taylor, at 508-717-6885 or btaylor@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.

Museum volunteer 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.”


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. 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 $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


Contact (and for hi resolution images)
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140


Caption: Volunteer Louisa Medeiros talks about life at sea with a group of school children while on board the Lagoda at the Whaling Museum.

docent on Lagoda


Caption: Docents Sylvia Daley (L) and Mary Biltcliffe (R) explain how entanglement in fishing gear harms whales.

docent with group of boys