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.  

The Second Half: Daytime Lecture Series

Join museum curators and guest lecturers to explore recently opened galleries and hear fascinating stories of Old Dartmouth from offshore to seaside.

Whales Today Lecture Series

Engaging lectures focused on whale ecology, ocean health, and marine mammal conservation.

Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters

Join us to celebrate knots with interesting lectures and demonstrations on all things knotty. In partnership with with the International Guild of Knot Tyers.

Haunted Whaleship

A family-friendly Halloween event geared toward children 12 and under.

Mountainfilm on Tour

Colorado’s Mountainfilm festival, now in its 40th year, is a documentary film festival with the mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Film Screening: Storias Di Nos Muzika

An original documentary on the origins of Cape Verdean Music.

Lecture: The East Unlocks its Gates – American Whalers and Trade in Asia

Curatorial staff will discuss the Museum’s collection as representing the cultures of East Asia, Japan in particular, whaling in the North Pacific, and New Bedford’s commercial trade with China.

New Year’s Eve Bash 2017

Enjoy New Year’s Eve in the Harbor View Gallery complete with a spectacular view of the city’s fireworks display, desserts and savory treats, dancing, and cocktails!

22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for the 22nd annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. January 5–7, 2018

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 and the Old Dartmouth Lyceum Lecture Series 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