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.

De Wind is Op! Symposium

Experts in the field will explore and discuss the exhibition De Wind is Op! and related themes in greater depth at this one-day symposium.

Deep-Sea Exploration Event

A rare behind-the-scenes look at an oceanographic research expedition in action during a live link with scientists who are exploring the wreck of the Portland.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Present a Museum Day ticket for free admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The ticket is good for two people.

Sailors’ Series: Azorean Whaleboat Design and Regatta

Explore the rich heritage of the Azorean whaleboat with Bruce Halabisky: from design through restoration, and its emergence as a modern international racing class.

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.

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.

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.

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