Summer Days mean Wind and Waves

Family programs explored wind, waves, whales and local history all summer long!

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2019 Schedule

11 am Highlights Tour
12:30 pm
 (Mondays Only) Highlights Tour
1:30 pm and 3 pm (Tuesdays Only) Highlights Tour

Stories about the history of New Bedford, visitor favorites, new whale science exhibits, and some of our most historically significant artifacts. Free with Museum admission.


1 pm – 3 pm 
(through August 15) Make Around the Museum: Summer Winds Edition
Creative hands-on activities celebrating Summer Winds, New Bedford’s summer-long festival, and the Whaling Museum’s exhibition De Wind is Op! Free for everyone!


Supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
July 17, 1 pm – 3 pm Get WRITE to It!

Write a story with Cheryl Lawton Malone, author of Dario and the Whale (grades 3–5). Storytime, crafts, and a coloring project for younger children. Free for everyone!

July 24, 1 pm – 3 pm Whales, Octopi and Sharks, Oh My!
A musical dive into sea science with stand-up chameleon Jackson Gillman. Free for everyone!

July 31, 10 am – 3 pm Party for the Ocean: Wind and Waves
Hands-on crafts and activities exploring wind and waves, music performed on The Whale Guitar, and people sharing their work in protecting our marine and coastal environment.

Presented in partnership with Buttonwood Park Zoo, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Lloyd Center for the Environment, National Marine Life Center and The Whale Guitar Project. Learn More

FRIDAY, August 9, 9 am – 5 pm
Whaling Museum admission on August 9 was free, thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays!

History in Action!

Lighting the Way walking tour group

Lighting the Way Thursday Tours

Women Changing History
10:30 am – 11:30 am

August 15, 29 and September 7, 12, 26

Learn about the history of New Bedford through the lives of SouthCoast women who fought to make the world a better place. Presented by the Whaling Museum’s project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s program Lighting the World.

History Comes to Life!

Captain Weade on the Lagoda with group of children

10 am
 All Aboard the Lagoda
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the world’s largest ship model – the Lagoda. Travel the world, interact with new cultures, and learn the ropes of a whaleship. Free with Museum admission.

cast of characters from 19th century New Bedford

1:30 pm 
Free with Museum admission

August 17 To Catch a Whale
Join Captain Michael Taylor and his crew on a voyage aboard the whaleship Kutusoff in 1842. Discover how crews were hired, trained, and spent their time on long sea journeys. Learn about 19th century whaling as well as modern whale conservation. Learn more

August 31 People of New Bedford
Meet a cast of characters from 19th century New Bedford – the time of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick: a retired whaleship Captain, an Abolitionist, and many others, each with a story to tell about life at home during the days of whaling. Learn more