Past Programs

2019 and 2018 Past Programs are listed on this page.
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De Wind is Op! Symposium

Experts in the field explored and discussed the exhibition De Wind is Op! and related themes in greater depth at this one-day symposium.

Sailors’ Series: Azorean Whaleboat Design and Regatta

An exploration of the rich heritage of the Azorean whaleboat with Bruce Halabisky, from design through restoration, and its emergence as a modern international racing class.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Present a Museum Day ticket for free admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Deep-Sea Exploration Event

A rare behind-the-scenes look at an oceanographic research expedition in action during a live link with scientists who are exploring the wreck of the Portland.

Summer Days mean Wind and Waves

Family programs explored wind, waves, whales and local history all summer long!

Fall Members’ Trip: The Best of Portugal

Explore deep cultural ties and discover mainland Portugal September 25 – October 4, 2019.

Free Fun Fridays! 2019

Whaling Museum admission was free on Friday, August 9th! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Sailors' Series Lecture: De Wind is Op!

Chief Curator Dr. Christina Connett Brophy explored some of the exceptional Golden Age paintings, in the current exhibition, through a fresh lens.

Summer Sails Gala

The evening reception was followed by a special seated dinner in the Bourne Building.

Party for the Ocean: Winds and Waves Edition

A free family event at the Museum – exploring wind, waves, whales, and ocean health.

Exhibition Opening: Cape Verdean Voices

Showcasing many forms of media from our local community, this exhibition is in honor of Judge George N. Leighton.

Exhibition Opening: De Wind is Op!

An exhibition exploring the Collection through the lenses of wind, climate, and the sea as the drivers behind a uniquely Dutch national identity. The opening reception was free and open to the public.

Lighting the Way Walking Tour

On this free one-hour tour, stories were told about the lives of historic women who lived and worked on Spring and Seventh Streets in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Book Launch & Signing: "After Moby~Dick"

An anthology that includes sixty-one poems – all written since 2000 by contemporary American poets. A new Spinner Publications release and edited by Elizabeth Schultz and Kylan Rice.

Educator Workshop – Amplifying History: Learning from the Lives of Women

In June, the New Bedford Whaling Museum hosted a free professional development workshop for educators. Presented by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Exhibition Opening & Lecture

The Photographer’s Brush–Watercolors by Norman Fortier.

Whales Today Live

An interpretive dance performance by Tilted Collab Dance Company of Cambridge, MA, inspired by the new exhibition Whales Today.

Call for Artists: Cape Verdean Voices

Artists were invited to submit proposals that interpret and speak to the Cape Verdean experience in Cabo Verde or the United States for this Whaling Museum exhibition.

116th Annual Members’ Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019. Open to the membership and the public.

Exhibition Opening: Young & Powerful

Reception and celebration for the opening of this apprentice-designed exhibition.

Film Screening: Lobster War

A documentary film about the fight over the world’s richest fishing grounds. Presented in partnership with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

31st Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.”

10th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

The Nautical Antiques Show kicked off this year’s Scrimshaw Weekend and featured high-quality antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

Biennial Whaling History Symposium

Gaps in Analysis and New Perspectives on Whaling, World Cultures, and Contemporary Issues.

Spring Vacation Week 2019

The week’s activities included Right Whale Day on Monday, NASA Space Day: Explorations of Faraway Places on Thursday presented by New Bedford Science Café Kids, and more!

Right Whale Day

Learn to eat, see, and hear like a right whale! Hands-on marine-themed crafts and activities help foster a greater appreciation for the status and plight of this magnificent marine mammal.

New Bedford Lyceum presents W. Kamau Bell

An evening with Emmy-nominated comedian, political satirist and host of CNN’s United Shades of America. W. Kamau Bell is known for his incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society.

Lecture: Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay

Dr. Richard Connor’s lecture brought attendees ‘onboard’ for 30 years of incredible dolphin discoveries.

Indoor Museum Tour: Lighting the Way

An indoor guided tour of the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s collections, exploring the historical impact of inspiring SouthCoast women.

Lecture: Discoveries on Beaked Whales with Digital Record Tags (DTAGs)

Alex Bocconcelli, Research Specialist at WHOI, dove deep into the history of beaked whales.

Sailors' Series Lecture: The Research Vessel Abel-J

This year’s opening lecture featured stories of the Abel-J, the research vessel that William Watkins journeyed on to gather his foundational recordings of marine mammal bioacoustics.

Lighting the Way: Spoken Word Contest

On AHA! night, young people ages 12 to 25 years lit up the night with brilliant words illuminating the lives of historic women of the SouthCoast.

Navy Family Day

Visitors learned how the U.S. Navy and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) contribute to the protection of marine mammals, and more at the Museum’s newly installed Whales Today exhibition.

New Bedford Science Café Kids!

Kids and young scientists discovered how dolphins and fish communicate, learned how sound travels in the ocean, found out creative ways that scientists cut down on ocean noise pollution and listened to the language of right whales.

February Vacation Week

The Museum’s February Vacation Week featured Captain Paul Cuffe Day and free “Whales Today” fun. A special ocean-themed New Bedford Science Café Kids took place on Friday.

Captain Paul Cuffe Day

To celebrate the life, times, and legacy of one of New England’s most remarkable figures.

Film Screening: Melville in Love

A documentary on Herman Melville, the writing of Moby-Dick, and Melville’s secret love affair. AHA! night at the Museum.

23rd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

The Museum’s annual read-a-thon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. Besides the main reading, the event includes two mini-marathons: a Portuguese-language reading of an abridged Moby-Dick and a children’s version of the novel.

Members’ Holiday Open House

A merry-time evening with seasonal libations, festive hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

This award winning documentary explains the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet.

Great War and Azores Lecture

This lecture took part during the opening of the exhibition titled Portugal and the Great War: Contexts and Protagonists (1914-1918).

Mountainfilm On Tour

This one-day, two-part festival of short documentaries featured culturally rich and inspiring films on climate change, agriculture, the migration of people and birds, and outdoor adventures.

Spooky Science of the Sea

An afternoon for kids to explore and learn some weird, icky, and fascinating facts about life in the ocean.

Lecture and Book Signing: White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic

Author John R. Bockstoce, a leading scholar of the Arctic fur trade who also served as a member of an Eskimo whaling crew, explored the twentieth-century history of the Western Arctic fur trade to the outbreak of World War II.

Film Screening: Mother Knows Best

Filme: A mãe é que sabe. A 2016 comedy in Portuguese with English subtitles. Presented in partnership with the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford and Instituto Camões.

The Grand Panorama

All Panorama related events, exhibitions, media coverage, audio tour, museum publications and more.

Echoes of the Panorama

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Panorama took guests around the world and back in time with music inspired by the sea and exotic ports of call.

Lecture & Book Signing

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures – Author Nick Pyenson’s research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales.

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2018

Attendees joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 300 cinemas and six continents to simultaneously view and vote on the Finalists’ Films.

Lecture: “Preserved on the Mighty Waters” – Exploring the Indian Mariners Project

Dr. Jason Mancini’s talk focused on the hundreds of Indians that found work in the ports of Mystic, Stonington, and New London and explored their “roots and “routes.”

Captain Paul Cuffe Park Ribbon Cutting and Exhibition Opening

The official ribbon cutting ceremony with a reception and exhibition opening on September 21, 2018.

Gallery Talk: After Ryder

Photographer and former Whaling Museum curator Nicholas Whitman offered a gallery talk on his exhibit of photographs related to Albert Pinkham Ryder paintings.

Sharing the North Atlantic: Horta and the Atlantic Routes of the Azorean Emigration

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano and the resulting Azorean Refugee Act of 1958.

Summer Days at the Museum

Arts and Crafts, the Highlights Tour, All Aboard the Lagoda and more during the months of July and August.

The Grand Panorama Lecture Series

Attendees joined Museum curators as they presented a series of lectures surrounding the opening of A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.

Tastes of the Panorama

At this inaugural event, attendees enjoyed fine fare and spirited sounds inspired by exotic locations.

Once Upon a Whale Ship

These 15-20 minute performances included various references to locations depicted in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World. Presented by Your Theatre, Inc.

Crankie Making Workshop

Artist and performer Sue Truman was on hand for an afternoon workshop at Kilburn Mill. Attendees made their own miniature moving panorama called a crankie!

Party for the Ocean 2018

A family-friendly event to celebrate the ocean and learn about marine life.

Summer Gala: Spectacle in Motion

The 2018 Gala was a grand celebration of the Museum’s spectacular, newly conserved 1,275′ Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.

Free Fun Fridays! 2018

Whaling Museum admission was free on July 20. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Lecture and Book Signing: Delano and Grinnell – A Tale of Two Clippers

Author Steven Ujifusa discussed the family life and business careers of Warren Delano II and Moses Grinnell, the revolutionary ships they owned, and New Bedford’s crucial role in the development of the American clipper.

Demonstration: Nantucket Basket Weaving

Lou and Bonnie Silverstein demonstrated the time-honored practice for Museum visitors on July 16th.

Fall Members’ Trip 2018: The Wonders of the Azores

A tour of Terceira, Faial, Pico, and Sao Miguel on a magical nine-night trip in October.

A Spectacle in Motion: Family Day & Exhibit Opening

The Original Panorama exhibit opening day at Kilburn Mill with family activities and food offerings available.

Launch of Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast

The official launch of the Lighting the Way walking trail, mobile app and website.

The Month of Portugal

Organized to celebrate the National Day of Portugal – led by the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

New Bedford Tourism Summit

A day-long summit on Tourism to exchange ideas, learn about current trends, and strategize.

Exhibition Opening: Reed’s Modern Studio

Modernizing Reed and reviving his legacy, the New Bedford Whaling Museum High School Apprentices mimic Reed’s Photography style.

A Conversation with Gloria Steinem

The lauded writer, editor, and activist addressed the issues of which she’s most passionate.

Call for Artists!

Submit proposals for a unique interpretations of the Panorama. Due 5/18/18.

Lecture: We Account the Whale Immortal

Drawing on his new book RisingTideFallingStar, Philip Hoare discussed how humans relate to the sea’s natural history – its whales, its birds, its tides, its extremes, and what these stories say about us.

115th Annual Members’ Meeting

Friday, May 18, 2018. Open to the membership and the public.

28th Annual Sailors’ Series

This year’s lectures celebrated a collection of remarkable maritime photography.

The Second Half Daytime Lecture Series: Nautical-inspired films of whaling, oceans, and excursions

The Whaling Museum, in partnership with the Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute, presented a series of eight classic “oldies but goodies” movies.

30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.”

9th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

Thousands of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

Calling All Artists!

A sneak preview of A Spectacle in Motion for artists.

Lecture Series: Where the Land Meets the Sea

Spring lecture – “Underwater Yellowstones: Marine Sanctuaries off Our Coast and Associated Benefits and Challenges for Fish, Whales, Scientists, and Humans”

2018 Members’ Trip to the Netherlands

The best of Holland with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, April 19 to April 28.

Spring Vacation Week

Explore the Museum, take a highlights tour, climb inside an inflatable whale, get crafty at our art stations, and learn stories of life aboard a whaleship from Museum docents.

Here Fishie Fishie! Old & New Ways of Catching & Counting Fish

A New Bedford Science Café Kids event for all kids and young scientists.

Lecture: Generations of Change Makers

Coline Jenkins reflected on the strong women in her family – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hetty Green – and gave a blow by blow account of erecting the first statue of REAL women in New York City.

Right Whale Day

Learn to eat, see, and hear like a Right Whale.

Symposium: A Call to Action – Abolition, Activism, and the Principled Life

A Call to Action aimed to place William Rotch’s life and activism in the contexts of his Quaker upbringing, the economic and political relations between North and South, and the lives of African Americans, both free and fugitive.

Groundbreaking of Captain Paul Cuffe Park

Ceremony March 26 at the corner of Johnny Cake Hill and Union Street.

Navy Day

Visitors learned how the U.S. Navy and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center contributes to the protection of marine mammals.

Exhibition Opening: After Ryder – Photographs by Nicholas Whitman

A selection of Nicholas Whitman’s recent photographic work exhibited adjacent to the Whaling Museum’s Albert Pinkham Ryder painting, Landscape, c. 1870.

We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History

A musical that tells the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there.

New Bedford Ballet Presents: Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story

Attendees learned about this fascinating story through a narrated ballet for all ages.

Fun in February: Museum Winter Break Activities

A week of family-friendly events to engage children in hands-on history, science, and arts-based projects. Free with Museum admission.

Local History Guild: Westport and Dartmouth Milieu, Paul Cuffe

The return of a stimulating Local History Guild conversation at the Museum on AHA! night.

22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum hosts two mini-marathons: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts.

Moby-Dick Pre-marathon Dinner, Movie, and Discussion

A meal well-suited for hungry sailors followed by David Shaerf’s documentary film Call Us Ishmael. The evening also included a discussion of the film with scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project.

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