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CANCELLED: Navy Day at the Museum

Seals & Society: Sharing our Shores | Satisfy your curiosity about seals, sea lions, and walruses during Navy Day. Fun for all ages!

Call for Young Artists: IGNITE

A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast.
Young artists were invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects.

EXPRESS YOURSELF: New Bedford Whaling Museum ART WEEK

Visitors joined us this February school vacation week to get expressive during the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s ART WEEK!

IGNITE Youth Showcase

Many of these original artworks highlighted the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honored the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or highlighted civically engaged women featured in the Museum project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.

SouthCoast Film Forum Presents: Maiden

In 1989 Tracy Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the grueling Whitbread Round the World Race. Ultimately this film has strong messages about teamwork, communication, perseverance, and courage.

2020 Moby-Dick Marathon

Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece was celebrated at the Museum’s 2020 readathon of Moby-Dick.

Members’ Holiday Party

A complimentary event for Museum Members featuring seasonal libations, festive hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

Mountainfilm on Tour 2019

A selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival.

Teen Night - A 1920s Mystery Affair

Who stole the jewels from the Whaling Museum’s collection and why? Presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum High School Apprentices.

Educators' Night

Educators mingled with colleagues and New Bedford Whaling Museum staff, enjoyed light refreshments and giveaways, and previewed Whaling Museum education programs during this special after-school event.

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.

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