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.



Weekend highlights and lecture topics:

  • Presentations on the history and identification of scrimshaw
  • Recent discoveries about significant makers and genres
  • Newly discovered whaleman and navy scrimshaw-artists
  • Auctioneering and the how-tos of buying and selling
  • The modern manufacture of legitimate scrimshaw replicas and scrimshaw-theme merchandise
  • Annual Market Report
  • Antique Scrimshaw Collectors Association (ASCA) Report
  • Field trip to an important private collection


Friday, May 4, 2018 | 9th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

Noon – 5 pm  |  Early admission 11 am – Noon

Free for Whaling Museum members, Nautical Antiques Show participants and Scrimshaw Weekend attendees. 
Early admission $5.00.
Browse hundreds of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

Scrimshaw Weekend Registration 11 am – 5 pm
Scrimshaw Weekend Opening Presentation 8 pm


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.


Sunday, May 6 | Off-Site Field trip   

9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Location and time to be announced. Price of field trip is not included in Scrimshaw Weekend admission.


Registration Information

Museum members $315  |  Non-members $370
Plus 1 dinner guest $75.00

By phone: 508-997-0046  x100  
Online: Scrimshaw Weekend Registration
By mail: Send payment to Scrimshaw Weekend, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740. Checks should be made payable to New Bedford Whaling Museum and include  Scrimshaw Weekend in the check memo.


Schedule subject to change. Check website for updates.

View The White Whale gift store Scrimshaw Collection here.



The 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend is sponsored by

Antiques and the Arts Weekly
Robert C. Eldred Co.
The Maine Antique Digest
Northeast Auctions

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