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.

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.

Educator Workshop – Amplifying History: Learning from the Lives of Women

On June 25 & 26, 2019, New Bedford Whaling Museum will host a free professional development workshop for educators. Presented by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast

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.

Fall Members’ Trip: The Best of Portugal

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

Exhibition Opening: Young & Powerful

Please join us in celebrating the opening of this apprentice-designed Exhibition!

116th Annual Members’ Meeting

Thursday, May 23rd. Open to the membership and the public.

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.

Whales Today Live

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

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