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.

Summer Days mean Wind and Waves

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

Summer Sails Gala

Celebrate with us Saturday, July 27th!

Sailors' Series Lecture: De Wind is Op!

Join Chief Curator Dr. Christina Connett Brophy to explore some of the exceptional Golden Age paintings, in the current exhibition, through a fresh lens.

Harnessing the Wind

An evening with the New Bedford Symphony Woodwind Quintet.

Tours: Lighting the Way

Learn about the history of New Bedford through the lives of SouthCoast women who fought to make the world a better place.

Performance: People of New Bedford

Meet a cast of characters from 19th century New Bedford! This 30-minute performance by Museum volunteers is free for members and with Museum admission.

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.

Party for the Ocean: Winds and Waves Edition

Explore wind, waves, whales, and ocean health this summer on Wednesday, July 31.

Fall Members’ Trip: The Best of Portugal

Explore deep cultural ties and discover mainland Portugal September 25 – October 4, 2019.

Free Fun Fridays! 2019

Whaling Museum admission is free on Friday, August 9th! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

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