Past Programs - New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Moby-Dick Marathon 2024

January 5, 2024 - January 7, 2024

One of the world’s best known live readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel Moby-Dick takes place every January at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The Moby-Dick Marathon draws readers and enthusiasts from around the globe to the Museum’s campus and to the reading online.

Kick off this year’s Moby-Dick Marathon with a delicious dinner in our Harbor View Gallery, followed by a captivating lecture, featuring master printer Jos Sances, and Melville Scholar Jeff Peterson, Ph.D.

Presented in collaboration with the South Coast LGBTQ+ Network, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will host a special screening of the recently released Netflix film Rustin, followed by a discussion with community leaders.

The Fine Arts Club

January 18, 2024

The New Bedford Light’s Fine Arts Club is a place to celebrate talented local artists; a marketplace where buyers, enthusiasts and artists meet.

INUNDATION DISTRICT is a feature-length film about the implications of one city’s decision to ignore the threats posed by climate change and spend billions of dollars on building a new waterfront district — on landfill, at sea level.

Join artist Roy Rossow for an evening of art, creativity, and observation. Explore Rossow’s exhibition “The Stars That Guide Us,” and participate in a painting workshop with the artist himself overlooking the New Bedford waterfront at sunset.

“A passionate and powerful blend of infectious Americana melodies and folky instrumentation, Matthews delivers her honest songwriting through a beautifully raw and unfiltered lens. Oozing soul, her voice bleeds with emotion and gratitude, while simple piano melodies and upbeat percussion fill you with appreciation and love for the people around us who fight for change.” — Ear Milk

AHA! We HeART NB at the New Bedford Whaling Museum with an immersive art and music experience, amid the Framing the Domestic Sea exhibition.

This Valentine’s Day, bring your valentine, galantine or palentine – as you wish – for a fun movie party, featuring themed drinks and food.

IN THE WHALE is an award-winning feature-length film about arguably the greatest fish story ever told, though this one is true. It’s the account of a man who survived to tell the tale of being swallowed by a whale, and what happened after he was spit out.

Captain Paul Cuffe Week

February 19, 2024 - February 23, 2024

Let your creativity set sail as we celebrate a remarkable figure in American history! Join us during February School Vacation Week for a hands-on exploration of the remarkable life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe. Cuffe was a seafarer, entrepreneur, educator, and visionary who became one of the wealthiest men of color in the nation.

Fire up your winter season with internationally renowned djembefola Sidy Maiga and steel pannist Becky Bass. Between performances, experience the joy of learning some drum beats from the djembe master himself, alongside other curious learners.

Navy Day 2024

March 9, 2024

Navy Day, hosted with Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, offers a full schedule of fun and educational opportunities for the public to experience the Navy’s role in environmental preservation, marine mammal protection, and underwater research, as well as the Museum’s extensive historical collection.

Virtual discussion focusing on the complex human relationships with seals over millennia and how that’s changed in a variety of ways over the past 4,000 years and continues to evolve as seals rebound in our region.

Did you know that a women scientist is behind the world’s most comprehensive blue whale database? Learn more about Dr. Diane Gendron’s research and blue whales in general by watching for FREE our Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D film before it leaves the New Bedford Whaling Museum on March 17th.

The Sailors’ Series is an annual program that presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

Musician Joaquin Santos and The Dope Lotus are known for their distinctive soulful vocals, tight funky grooves, and poetic authenticity to their musical story.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum welcomes UMass Dartmouth Biology seniors who’ll be presenting their capstone projects on the biggest emerging issues expected to impact marine and coastal biodiversity conservation in the near future.

Slow Art Day

April 13, 2024 - April 13, 2024

Did you know that the average visitor only spends 21 seconds in front of a work of art? Let’s change that, together! Celebrate Slow Art Day at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Saturday, April 14, 2024 and explore our Framing the Domestic Sea: Photographs by Jeffery C. Becton exhibition.

Cardboard Harbor

April 14, 2024 - April 20, 2024

Get ready to become a master architect and help us construct New Bedford’s harbor using only cardboard! From towering buildings to fascinating boats to sea creatures underwater, let your imagination and cardboard creations transform our Harbor View Gallery into a vibrant mini-version of the city we all know and love.

Opening Night of the inaugural New Bedford Film Festival. showcasing a short documentary and trailers for locally shot projects. Get a glimpse of the talent for this year’s festival as organizers present awards for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Wardrobe, Best Production Design, Best Original Score and Best Public Service Announcement.

Duncan Simpson, PhD presents a lecture on “Portuguese Society and Salazar’s Political Police (PIDE) Before and After the Revolution of 25 April 1974.” The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and lite reception.

The Zunzún Trio has an exciting rapport, ranging from modern jazz to Afro- Caribbean rhythms. They will bring original pieces to music by Thelonious Monk and Bebo Valdés.

Join Marina Dawn Wells, the NBWM Photography Collection Curatorial Fellow, as they discuss how the theme of Reflections runs throughout their exhibition of the same name.

Against the backdrop of the Whaling Museum, the South Coast Children’s Chorus (SCCC) concert’s theme of the sea resonates deeply, reflecting the community’s maritime legacy and connection to the ocean.

Butler Flats comprises a five-member vocal harmony singing group that specializes in sea-chanteys and other genres of sea music.

Join us for our annual meeting to highlight the accomplishments of 2023, vote to approve our incoming slate of Trustees and officers and hear from our featured speaker.