Discover, Learn, Enjoy!

The Museum offers a variety of science, history and cultural programs throughout the year. Join us for a lecture, participate in the Moby-Dick Marathon, or enjoy a hands-on learning experience onboard the Lagoda. Please see below for information on upcoming programs or activities scheduled on an annual basis.  

Lagoda Centennial

Celebrate the Lagoda exhibit’s second century of service by attending events and programs befitting the grand old ship.

Centennial Lecture Series

Come during lunchtime for an abbreviated 30-minute version or attend the full lecture in the evening.

Symposium: Famine, Friends & Fenians

A symposium on Irish and Irish-American history

Seán Tyrrell performs “Message of Peace”

Irish music and commentary inspired by John Boyle O’Reilly

The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series 2016

The Whaling Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute presents a daytime lecture series titled “Islands”.

Whaling History Conference

Stories of the Whale: From New England to the Alaskan Arctic

Herman Melville’s Life & Legacy

September 28 marks the 125th anniversary of this literary icon’s passing. To celebrate his life and legacy, the Museum, The Melville Society and The Woodlawn Cemetery present two free events.

Scrimshaw 101

A one-day seminar for newcomers and a refresher for seasoned hands.

4th Annual Haunted Whale Ship

A family-friendly Halloween event geared for children 12 and under.

Cities 2.0 – A TEDxNewBedford Salon

What will tomorrow’s cities look like? Talk about it! Enjoy TEDTalks videos, live speakers, light refreshments and deep discussion in the Museum’s Harbor View Gallery.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Join more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Film: Temple Grandin

Biopic about the extraordinary Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry.

Family Activities

Vacation Week activities and other programs such as the Presidents' Day Birthday Celebration.

Community Programs

The Museum creates or partners with community groups and organizations to present a wide variety of public programming.

Annual Events

The Moby-Dick Marathon and the Old Dartmouth Lyceum Lecture Series are some of the anticipated events along with others throughout the year.

Past Programs

Programs offered at the Museum in past years can be found here.

Last modified: July 5, 2016