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Seals & Society: Sharing our Shores



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 Navy Day until a later date (yet to be set).


FREE Admission for DOD ID card holders, veterans with VA IDs or DD-214 forms, and their families. FREE for Whaling Museum Members and with regular paid admission.

Satisfy your curiosity about seals, sea lions, and walruses during Navy Day. Explore the exhibition Whales Today, and learn about the role the Navy plays in protecting the world’s oceans. Navy Day will be fun for all ages!

  • Climb inside a 43-foot-long inflatable humpback whale (nicknamed “Salt”) to study her anatomy.
  • Crawl through a life-size model blue whale heart. It’s as big as a Volkswagen Beetle!
  • Dive deep into the biology and behavior of whales in Whales Today.
  • Play and learn in the Discovery Center, get up close and personal with a real Azorean Whaleboat, and pretend to be a sailor while trying out the different jobs on a ship.
  • Step aboard the world’s largest ship model and venture below deck to see how the crew slept and lived on an ocean voyage.
  • Ask a sailor how the U.S. Navy helps protect marine mammals.
  • Meet members of the Fleet Forces Command and learn about their environmental stewardship.
  • Enjoy live music performed by the Navy Band Northeast Seabreeze Vibes duo.
  • Take a photo with a friendly sea turtle named Stewie – the U.S. Navy’s environmental mascot. Stewie teaches kids about the Navy’s efforts to improve the environment and ocean health.

Navy Day Flyer (downloadable pdf)

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9:00 am 
Museum Opens

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Go Below Deck on the Lagoda (meet at the Lagoda)

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Whales Today Exploration Stations (Jacobs Family Gallery)

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Navy Band Northeast SeaBreeze Vibes Duo (Mezzanine)

10:15 am – 10:45 am
“Seals & Society” with Andrea Bogomolni, Adjunct Faculty, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Jacobs Family Gallery)

10:45 am
Remarks by Captain Mike Coughlin, U.S. Navy (Jacobs Family Gallery)

11:00 am – 11:45 am
“Keeping Track of Seals” by Monica L. DeAngelis, Marine Mammal Biologist, Naval Underwater Warfare Center (Cook Memorial Theater)

11:00 am
Highlights Tours (meet at front desk)

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm 
Go Below Deck on the Lagoda (meet at the Lagoda)

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
“Can Seal Whiskers Help Us Develop Better Technology” by Christin T. Murphy, Ph.D., Branch Head, NUWC Signal Processing and Algorithm Development (Cook Memorial Theater)

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
“Seals & Society” with Andrea Bogomolni, Adjunct Faculty, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Jacobs Family Gallery)

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Whales Today Exploration Stations (Jacobs Family Gallery)

3:00 pm -3:45 pm
Film: Wild Life – Best Documentary About Seals (Cook Memorial Theater)

4:00 pm
Museum Closes


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