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.

Lecture: Discoveries on Beaked Whales with Digital Record Tags (DTAGs)

Alex Bocconcelli, Research Specialist at WHOI, will dive deep into the history of beaked whales.

Call for Artists: Cape Verdean Voices

Artists are invited to submit proposals that interpret and speak to the Cape Verdean experience in Cabo Verde or the United States for this Whaling Museum exhibition. We encourage artists working in any medium to participate.

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.

Indoor Museum Tour: Lighting the Way

Explore the historical impact of inspiring SouthCoast women on this one hour indoor guided tour of the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s collections.

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: Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay

Dr. Richard Connor will bring you ‘onboard’ for 30 years of incredible dolphin discoveries.

New Bedford Lyceum presents W. Kamau Bell

An evening with Emmy-nominated comedian, political satirist and host of CNN’s United Shades of America. W. Kamau Bell is known for his incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society.

Biennial Whaling History Symposium

Gaps in Analysis and New Perspectives on Whaling, World Cultures, and Contemporary Issues. April 27-28, 2019

Whales Today Live

An interpretive dance performance by Tilted Collab Dance Company of Cambridge, MA, inspired by the new exhibition Whales Today.

31st Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.” Enjoy this distinctive and beautiful art form with enthusiasts from across the country and abroad.

Film Screening: Lobster War – The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds

A documentary film about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. Presented in partnership with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

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