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.  

Navy Day

Learn how the U.S. Navy and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center contribute to the protection of marine mammals at the Museum’s Navy Day.

28th Annual Sailors’ Series

This year’s lectures celebrate a collection of remarkable maritime photography.

The Second Half Daytime Lecture Series: Nautical-inspired films of whaling, oceans, and excursions

Don’t miss one of these action packed films.


Join us for the groundbreaking of Captain Paul Cuffe Park.

Symposium: A Call to Action – Abolition, Activism, and the Principled Life

A Call to Action aims to place William Rotch’s life and activism in the contexts of his Quaker upbringing, the economic and political relations between North and South, and the lives of African Americans, both free and fugitive.

The Local History Guild

Each moderated 30-minute program will feature two specialists who will discuss the topics of their interest, trends, initiatives or projects – of relevance to our local historical landscape.

Lecture: Generations of Change Makers

Coline Jenkins will both reflect on the strong women in her family – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hetty Green – and give a blow by blow account of erecting the first statue of REAL women in New York City.

Lecture Series: Where the Land Meets the Sea

The lecture this spring is titled “Underwater Yellowstones: Marine Sanctuaries off Our Coast and Associated Benefits and Challenges for Fish, Whales, Scientists, and Humans”.

30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.”

Lecture: We Account the Whale Immortal

Drawing on his new book RisingTideFallingStar, Philip Hoare will discuss how humans relate to the sea’s natural history – its whales, its birds, its tides, its extremes, and what these stories say about us.

2018 Members’ Trip to the Netherlands

Discover the rich maritime history of the Netherlands, explore Dutch art in the Rijksmuseum, and witness the beauty of the Tulip Festival.

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, Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures and Scrimshaw Weekend 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 6, 2017