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.  Click here to view the Museum Calendar.

The Grand Panorama

Learn more about the Panorama related events, exhibitions, media coverage, free audio tour, museum publications and more.

To Catch a Whale: A Whaling Voyage around the World

All aboard! Museum volunteers will take you on a voyage aboard the whaleship Kutusoff in 1842, from start to finish.

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: “Preserved on the Mighty Waters” – Exploring the Indian Mariners Project

Dr. Jason Mancini’s talk focuses on the hundreds of Indians that found work in the ports of Mystic, Stonington, and New London and explores their “roots and “routes.”

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2018

Join more than 100,000 film lovers across 300 cinemas and six continents to simultaneously screen and vote on the Finalists’ Films.

Lecture & Book Signing

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures – Author Nick Pyenson’s research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales.

Echoes of the Panorama

Let New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Panorama take you around the world and back in time with music inspired by the sea and exotic ports of call.

Lecture and Book Signing: White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic

Author John R. Bockstoce, a leading scholar of the Arctic fur trade who also served as a member of an Eskimo whaling crew, explores the twentieth-century history of the Western Arctic fur trade to the outbreak of World War II.

Great War and Azores Lecture

Taking part during the opening of the exhibition titled Portugal and the Great War: Contexts and Protagonists (1914-1918).

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: March 27, 2018