February Vacation Week
FEBRUARY 18 – 22
Monday, February 18
Captain Paul Cuffe Day
9 am – 4 pm
FREE for New Bedford Residents
Captain Paul Cuffe was a seafarer, entrepreneur, educator, visionary, and much more. He rose to prominence and became one of the wealthiest men of color in the nation. To celebrate the life, times, and legacy of one of New England’s most remarkable figures, the Museum will host Captain Paul Cuffe Day!
On Monday, February 18, Museum admission will be completely free for New Bedford residents and the day will feature Cuffe-related hands-on activities, expert tours, and more.
Learn more and view schedule here.
Tuesday, February 19 – Thursday, February 22
Dive Deep with Whales Today!
FREE and open to the public
Regular admission rates apply for the rest of the Museum
Explore the underwater world of whales with these hands-on activities throughout the week.
10 am – 11 am Biology
Whales, dolphins, and porpoises are Cetaceans. Learn to tell them apart and compare their skeletons to human anatomy. Eat like a baleen whale and try to make a marine mammal that sinks. (i.e. What would make it sink?)
12 pm – 1 pm Conservation
Learn about the impact of human activity on whales. See how they become entangled and why this is dangerous. Try to find food amongst marine debris and see how hard it is to communicate underwater in a noisy ocean.
2 pm – 3 pm Research
See how scientists study whales and test your own research skills to answer important scientific questions about whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
also included with Museum Admission
11 am Museum Highlights Tour
Tour the Museum with a docent to hear stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history, and see some of our most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites.
1 pm Indoor Tour – Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast
Explore the historical impact of inspiring SouthCoast women during this one hour indoor guided tour of the Whaling Museum’s collections.
Friday, February 22
New Bedford Science Café Kids!
Sounds of the Ocean: The Science of Marine Life Communication
1 pm – 3 pm
FREE and open to the public, all ages
End the week by continuing to explore the oceans at this family-friendly event.
Calling all kids and young scientists!
Discover how dolphins and fish communicate. Learn how sound travels in the ocean. Find out creative ways that scientists cut down on ocean noise pollution. Listen to the language of right whales.
Researchers and students from UMass Dartmouth (UMD) and the UMD School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the Buzzards Bay Coalition will help you explore marine science.
Visit Meet-A-Scientist stations to ask questions and try hands-on activities.
Sponsored by New Bedford Science Café; New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches; New Bedford Whaling Museum; SMAST; WHOI; and Buzzards Bay Coalition.