Melville Family Day 2013

Thank you to all participants for contributing to the success of the day.

Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Family Activities

All aboard the Lagoda with Captain C. Weade: Climb aboard the world's largest model ship and experience adventure on the high seas! Captain C. Weade will lead you on a daring voyage around the world in search of whales. Encounter foreign cultures, learn the ropes of the ship, and receive compensation for three years of labor and hardship. Regular admission rates apply.

Harpoon Challenge: Do you possess the strength and accuracy to harpoon a target from a distance? Succeed, and win a prize! Free to all visitors.

Sea Chanteys: How did the whalemen synchronize their movements as they furled the sails and raised the anchor? They sang, of course! Learn these sea chanteys as you weigh anchor on our replica fo'c'sle and raise and lower the jib sails on the Lagoda. Regular admission rates apply.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities in the Plaza, Theater and Jacobs Family Gallery are free to the public. Regular admission rates apply to all other Museum galleries.

Family Crafts

Scrimshaw: Learn about the traditional whaler's art and create a piece of your own to take home!

Sailors' Valentines: After many years at sea, whalemen would bring gifts home to their loved ones, including these beautiful artworks made from seashells. Create your own as a gift or keepsake.

Pequod: Create your own toy whaleship. They float! Well, until a whale hits them, anyway.

Other crafts include making logbooks and logbook stamps, whale hats, bookmarks, and much more.

All family crafts are free while supplies last.



All day activities (10:00am – 1:15pm)
Harpoon throwing contest – hit the target, win a prize
Take your photo in our Beetle whaleboat in the Museum Plaza
Touch table including sperm whale teeth, baleen and scrimshaw
Make your own scrimshaw (using soap and shoe polish), logbooks, logbook stamps, sailors’ valentines (using shells and paper plates), toy Pequod, whale hats, whale magnets, and more!


Andrew Glass, "Another Day, We Tried Again"
-from Moby Dick: Chasing the Great White Whale, written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Andrew Glass

Special Activities
10:00-11:00 Moby-Dick Tour*
10:30-11:00 Read along of Moby Dick: Chasing the Great White Whale with Andrew Glass, children’s book illustrator
11:30-12:00 Learn sea chanteys while raising/lowering jib sails on the Lagoda*
12:00-1:00 Go below deck on the Lagoda*
12:30-1:30 All aboard the Lagoda! Kids’ program*
1:00-1:30 Read along of Moby Dick: Chasing the Great White Whale with Andrew Glass, children’s book illustrator
1:30-2:00 Join us for a special happy birthday sing-along and birthday cake!
*regular admission rates apply

Last modified: June 10, 2014