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 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.

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.

Members’ Holiday Open House

Enjoy seasonal libations and festive hors d’oeuvres while exploring the Museum.

23rd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for the 23rd annual read-a-thon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick.

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

Call for Papers – Gaps in Analysis and New Perspectives on Whaling, World Cultures, and Contemporary Issues. Deadline for submission December 1, 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, 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