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The entire world has been figuring out how best to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The New Bedford Whaling Museum is prioritizing the health of visitors and the general public, as well as the wellbeing of its staff and volunteers. Additionally, we are thinking critically about any and all events that draw large crowds. We have come to the conclusion that we must postpone Maritime Weekend until a later date (yet to be set).


Explore the unique history, fascinating lore, and intricate beauty of maritime art and artifacts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Enthusiasts, aficionados, and armchair historians will gather from around the world for a weekend full of discovery and appreciation as experts present exciting research and share remarkable collections of maritime art, antiques, and scrimshaw, the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.”

The weekend boasts a wide spectrum of world-class collections, fine food, new ideas, and high camaraderie. The Whaling Museum’s Maritime Weekend kicks off with a reception and talk on Friday evening. Saturday includes a full day of interesting lectures and presentations (lunch provided), followed by a cocktail reception and dinner. Sunday will close out the weekend’s activities with a half day of programs sure to leave you curious and eager to continue your own journey of collecting and learning.

Complete program schedule coming soon. Presentation topics will include:*

  • Collecting Marine Antiques
  • The Old Curiosity Shops
  • New Revelations about Scrimshaw
  • Wooden Ship-Carvings
  • Fundamentals of Marine Painting: Reflections of an Eccentric Curator
  • Navigation: A Hands-on History of Nautical Instruments
  • The Pacific Tortoise Shell Trade
  • Scrimshaw Tools
  • Whalemen’s Paintings and Scrimshaw of the Mission San Carlos Borroméo
  • Preview of the Scrimshaw Exhibition at the Cahoon Museum (Cotuit, Cape Cod)
  • And a curator-led tour of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Scrimshaw Gallery

*Speakers and topics are subject to change



Members $245 | Non-members $295 | Plus 1 Dinner Guest $75.00
Call 508-997-0046 ext. 100


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The Maine Antique Digest


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