30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6
The annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.” Enthusiasts from across the country and abroad will gather to share the enjoyment of this distinctive and beautiful art form.
Friday, May 4 | 9th Annual Nautical Antiques Show
Noon – 5 pm | Early admission 11 am – Noon
Browse thousands of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.
9th Annual Nautical Antiques Show webpage (with list of vendors)
Admission to Nautical Antiques Show
Free with Museum admission, for Whaling Museum members, Nautical Antiques Show participants, and Scrimshaw Weekend attendees.
Early admission at 11 am for an extra $5.00.
Scrimshaw Weekend Registration 11 am – 5 pm
Scrimshaw Weekend Opening Presentation 8 pm
“Glimpses from Away Offshore: Interesting and Unusual Scrimshaw in the Nantucket Historical Association” — Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D.
Saturday, May 5 | Scrimshaw Weekend
Saturday begins with registration and coffee followed by a full day of presentations, buffet lunch, and an afternoon coffee break. The evening features a cocktail reception, banquet dinner, and keynote presentation by Tom Conley – “Treasures: The Collection of Barb and Tom Conley.” Stuart M. Frank will sign copies of his new book, Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings in the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
- Scrimshaw in the Sippican Historical Society
- Favorite Scrimshaw: Submissions from Friends and Colleagues
- The Jaws Swift-Clamp Maker
- 19th-Century Scrimshaw Curiosities, Oddities, and Puzzles
- Annual Market Report
- Antique Scrimshaw Collectors Association: Ivory-ban Legislation Updates
Sunday, May 6 | Off-Site Field trip
9:30 am – 6 pm
Visit two world-class private scrimshaw collections. Price of field trip is not included in Scrimshaw Weekend admission.
Museum members $315 | Non-members $370
By phone: 508-997-0046 x100
Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New Bedford until April 20th, 2018.
Schedule subject to change.
Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the Whalers
Installed in 2012, this is a sumptuous “permanent” exhibition of the best, most representative, and most compelling curiosities of our vast scrimshaw holdings. Learn more
The Museum published a catalogue of our collection, in conjunction with the Scrimshaw exhibition, entitled Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum, by Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D. Available online and in the Museum store.
The 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend is sponsored by